The Blast: Abbott says water parks can open Friday, Pelosi to attend Texas Dems virtual convention, the latest TX-04 developments
WEST RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL AFTER MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTAllen West, the former Florida congressman running for Texas GOP chair, was released from the hospital Monday after being injured in a motorcycle accident over the weekend, according to his campaign. After leaving the hospital Monday afternoon, West released a video that showed scars on his face, his right arm in a sling and both hands in bandages. State and national GOP figures sent well-wishes to West after the accident. Greg Abbott and President Donald Trump, who tweeted Sunday, “Allen, get well soon!”West moved to Texas several years ago and has remained politically active here. He is challenging state GOP Chairman James Dickey at the party’s convention in July in Houston.
As Texans demonstrate anger over George Floyd's death, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner asks for "peaceful" protests
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner urged the protesters filling downtown streets Friday evening to remain peaceful as they demonstrated their anger about the death of George Floyd, a black man killed in Minneapolis police custody Monday after a white officer kneeled on his neck. But the day after Minneapolis protesters set fire to a police building, Turner asked Houstonians not to escalate to violence. Similar protests took place in downtown Dallas and Fort Worth on Friday, and one is expected in Austin on Saturday. Police officer Derek Chauvin, seen with his knee on Floyd's neck, has been arrested and faces charges of third-degree murder and manslaughter. Greg Abbott, have condemned Floyd's death.
A weekend of protest and mourning: George Floyd's death spurs demonstrations in Texas cities
Texans protested in Houston on Friday night, spurred by the death of a Minneapolis man who had been a longtime resident of the city's Third Ward. George Floyd, who was black, died in Minneapolis police custody Monday after a white officer kneeled on his neck long past the point when he lost consciousness, according to court documents. That officer, Derek Chauvin, was arrested Friday and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. Similar protests erupted in other Texas cities Friday, including Dallas and Fort Worth. Greg Abbott and other Texas officials have denounced Floyd’s death and the Minneapolis police officers’ conduct.
GOP voter registration group shutters amid coronavirus challenges
Engage Texas, the massive Republican super PAC focused on voter registration, is shutting down, citing challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic. Yet the group says that the monthslong pandemic has made clear that "person-to-person contact voter registration is going to be challenging for an indeterminate amount of time." "Engage Texas is proud of our highly successful voter registration efforts and believes that conservative voter registration will successfully continue through the Republican Party of Texas Volunteer Engagement Project." "Republicans are finally paying major attention again to voter registration," Dickey said during a tele-town hall about the party's 2020 convention. Texas Democrats are also prioritizing voter registration this election cycle, targeting 2.6 million Texans who are unregistered but who it believes are Democrats.
President Donald Trump to visit Dallas as he resumes in-person campaign fundraisers
President Donald Trump is making a stop in Texas next month as he resumes in-person fundraisers for his reelection campaign. Trump is set to attend a high-dollar fundraiser June 11 at a private home in Dallas, according to his campaign. Coronavirus testing costs will be covered by a Trump fundraising committee. The Texas Democratic Party criticized Trump's Dallas fundraiser. Proceeds from the Dallas fundraiser benefit Trump Victory, the joint fundraising committee made up of the Trump campaign, RNC and state parties.
Bolivia’s Post-Coup President Has Unleashed a Campaign of Terror
Their rage against indigenous women is ferocious. Into that agreement, the pro-coup people inserted a false statement that both sides had accepted Áńez as interim president. Áńez has banned the MAS digital library, an impressive project of the MAS vice president and renowned intellectual Álvaro García Linera. Another act of terror was also a personal message to Evo Morales and followed a MAS meeting in Argentina with the exiled president. Marcial Escalante, the vice president of MAS in Yapacaní, was kidnapped on December 20 after returning home from the meeting with Morales.
Israel’s Bloated New Government Is Entering Dangerous Waters
At first glance, Israel’s longest-serving Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, seems more secure in his post today than at any time in the past few years. The centrist party Blue and White, whose rise created a stalemate leading to an unprecedented three elections within the last year, has split. The tech sector served as a motor for Israel’s economy, creating jobs and helping to inflate a real-estate bubble. In a striking contrast, the Joint List, led by Ayman Odeh of the socialist Democratic Front for Peace and Equality, represents Israel’s poorest constituency. One precedent to keep in mind is the “social protest” movement which flared up in Israel in the summer of 2011.
Smart Ass Cripple: Going to the Doctor While Deaf
You’ll probably need a sign language interpreter present. Because if you’re deaf and you have to communicate with hospital staff during a pandemic like this, that’s when the nightmare really begins. But if you’re deaf, as the NAD points out, everybody at the hospital will be wearing masks. In that case, you’ll probably need a sign language interpreter present. She asked for a sign language interpreter, since that is her preferred method of communication, but instead she was provided with an interpreter via video.
No Place for Self-Pity, No Room for Fear
Sign up for Take Action Now and we’ll send you three meaningful actions you can take each week. Sign up for Take Action Now and we’ll send you three meaningful actions you can take each week. How leaderly is it to threaten war in foreign affairs simply out of habit, manufactured fear or national ego? We sometimes forget that colonialism was and is war, a war to control and own another country’s resources—meaning money. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear.
Returning To Roots, Indian Health Service Seeks Traditional Healers
And here we are trying to teach ourselves, trying to learn.”Now the Indian Health Service, a federally funded and treaty-promised health care service, is also starting to embrace such knowledge. The Fort Belknap IHS hospital is seeking job applicants for two traditional practitioner positions, offering up to $68,000 a year. Preserving Traditional KnowledgeBecause traditional healers were forced to go underground in the past, and the community is protective of traditional health knowledge, it can be difficult to determine the qualifications of traditional healers. They would educate hospital workers about traditional health practices and cultural sensitivity, connect patients with resources, and use traditional native diagnostic and treatment procedures like ceremonies, blessings and sweats. Today, he estimated about a quarter of the people living on the reservation use traditional spiritual and health practices.
Who Exactly Is Doing the Looting, and Who’s Being Looted?
Headlines this morning are all about looting — specifically, looting in Minneapolis, after the police killing of an unarmed African-American man was caught on video. In the modern vernacular, that word “looting” is loaded — it comes with all sorts of race and class connotations. And we have to understand that terms like “looting” are an example of the way our media often imperceptibly trains us to think about economics, crime, and punishment in specific and skewed ways. We don’t call this “looting” because the looters wear designer suits and are very polite as they eagerly steal everything not nailed down to the floor. We don’t call this “looting,” but we should — because it is tearing apart our nation’s social fabric, laying waste to our economy, and throwing our entire society into chaos.
For Decades the U.S. Punished Indigenous Healers. Now the Indian Health Service Wants to Hire Them
And here we are trying to teach ourselves, trying to learn.”Now the Indian Health Service, a federally funded and treaty-promised health care service, is also starting to embrace such knowledge. The Fort Belknap IHS hospital is seeking job applicants for two traditional practitioner positions, offering up to $68,000 a year. D’Shane Barnett, executive director of the Missoula Urban Indian Health Center, said he was able to use the Fort Belknap job listing to create a similar position. Preserving Traditional KnowledgeBecause traditional healers were forced to go underground in the past, and the community is protective of traditional health knowledge, it can be difficult to determine the qualifications of traditional healers. Today, he estimated about a quarter of the people living on the reservation use traditional spiritual and health practices.
As protests intensify, Oakland police increase pressure to clear streets
Jake Ward, NBC News correspondent, reports live from protests in Oakland, California as police police begin to use tear gas to clear protesters from the street.
Minnesota gov. hints that white supremacists, drug cartels could be part of widespread chaos
hints that white supremacists, drug cartels could be part of widespread chaos ‘This is not grieving’: Minnesota’s governor calls fourth night of unrest ‘absolute chaos’ May 30, 2020 04:07 Minnesota Gov. "The cartels, who are wondering if there was a break in their drug transmissions, are trying to take advantage of the chaos. Share this -Deputy opens fire at San Jose protest Law enforcement opened fire during a George Floyd protest in San Jose on Friday night, police said. Enrique Garcia of the San Jose Police Department. The San Jose department was investigating, sheriff's officials said.
George Floyd protests: Minnesota's Gov. Gov. Tim Walz calls unrest 'absolute chaos'
Tim Walz addresses the media following a fourth night of protesting in Minneapolis amid the fallout over the death of George Floyd during an arrest by police officers.
Football's restart is a battle of 'money vs. health,' says former Premier League club doctor
(CNN) The world's richest football league will return to our screens on June 17. Following weeks of negotiations with clubs, players and the UK government, the Premier League confirmed the resumption of the 2019/2020 season on Thursday. The Premier League was not immediately available for comment when contacted by CNN. Deeney is also complimentary of how the Premier League has handled his concerns since he first spoke out. Having spoken at length to the Premier League and Van-Tam, Deeney says some of the increased health impacts of Covid-19 are due to cultural behavior towards illness.
Deputy opens fire at San Jose protest
On 5/29/2020 at around 9:00pm, one of our deputies was involved in an officer involved shooting in the area of Sixth Street and Santa Clara Street in San Jose. The San Jose Police Department is investigating the incident. The extent of any injuries in the shooting and collision were not detailed by the sheriff's department. The San Jose department was investigating, sheriff's officials said. Enrique Garcia of the San Jose Police Department.
Portland, Oregon, mayor: 'This is a riot. It's a full-on riot'
It's a full-on riot' Police in Portland, Oregon, early Saturday declared a "riot" and ordered people to leave downtown after multiple fires were set and objects were thrown at officers. It's a full-on riot," Mayor Ted Wheeler said in a phone interview with NBC affiliate KGW. "What I see here does not honor in any way the legacy of George Floyd," Wheeler said. Police now declaring this a riot.https://t.co/fuGCxAtYvE pic.twitter.com/bi9ck5kcKp — KGW News (@KGWNews) May 30, 2020 Share this -Minnesota gov. Share this -Deputy opens fire at San Jose protest Law enforcement opened fire during a George Floyd protest in San Jose on Friday night, police said.
Outrage spills across the US after officer is charged in the death of George Floyd
Minneapolis (CNN) Nationwide outrage over the death of George Floyd in police custody sparked another night of protests across the US on Friday. In Minneapolis, where hours earlier the officer seen on video with his knee on Floyd's neck was arrested and charged, some protesters knelt under a bridge and prayed. Bail is set for the officer arrestedThe bail for Derek Chauvin, the former officer charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter Friday, was set at $500,000. The absence of physical evidence doesn't necessarily mean Floyd didn't die from asphyxiation, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta cautioned. Gupta also said an officer should have started CPR after one of them told the others he couldn't find a pulse.
Tensions escalate over Pompeo’s decision to oust inspector general
Linick was abruptly terminated two weeks ago by President Trump, who said he acted at Pompeo’s request. The Democratic request comes after the State Department and the White House failed to meet a May 22 congressional deadline to provide documents related to Linick’s firing. Lawmakers were not yet “ready to say” they would issue subpoenas if the officials refused to appear, the aide said. In a statement, Engel, Maloney and Menendez called the request an “expansion” of their probe of the Linick firing. but Secretary Pompeo has failed to explain his actions,” they said.
Deputy opens fire at San Jose protest
SEE NEW POSTSDeputy opens fire at San Jose protest Law enforcement opened fire during a George Floyd protest in San Jose on Friday night, police said. Enrique Garcia of the San Jose Police Department. The San Jose department was investigating, sheriff's officials said. On 5/29/2020 at around 9:00pm, one of our deputies was involved in an officer involved shooting in the area of Sixth Street and Santa Clara Street in San Jose. The San Jose Police Department is investigating the incident.
Mike Pence Gets A Blunt Reminder After 'Let Their Voices Be Heard' Tweet
Twitter users took Vice President Mike Pence to task on Friday over his tweets about the death of George Floyd ? an unarmed Black man who died on Monday in Minneapolis after a police officer knelt on his neck ? and the protests that have since spread across the country. “We have no tolerance for racism in America. We have no tolerance for violence inspired by racism,” Pence wrote in one tweet, adding in another: “We condemn violence against property or persons. We will always stand for the right of Americans to peacefully protest and let their voices be heard.”
George Floyd killing highlights toxic police culture
Marq Claxton, director of public relations for the Black Law Enforcement Alliance, talks about how bad behavior by police officers can be traced to a toxic police culture, and argues that addressing that toxic culture is what is necessary to change police violence.
Visitor to Lake of Ozarks, criticized over crowded party, has COVID-19
Visitor to Lake of Ozarks, criticized over crowded party, has COVID-19A Boone County, Missouri, resident who went to a bar that was criticized for having a crowded pool party over Memorial Day weekend has tested positive for COVID-19, health officials said. The resident, who was not identified, was in the Lake of the Ozarks area on Saturday and Sunday and went to several places, including Backwater Jack's, the bar that had a pool party where video showed little social distancing. The Camden County Health Department said in a statement that the person developed illness on Sunday, so they were "likely incubating illness and possibly infectious at the time of the visit." It shows the person went to Backwater Jack's twice on Saturday, another pool that day, and a Buffalo Wild Wings on Sunday. Camden County is the county where the bar is located, and Boone County where the person lives is north of Lake of the Ozarks.
George Floyd death and nationwide protests: Live updates
Clashes between police and protesters erupted across the country Friday night as thousands descended onto the streets, pleading for justice in the wake of George Floyd's death this week in Minneapolis. Hundreds of people rallied outside the White House, while in New York a police department van was engulfed in flames. In Minneapolis where Floyd died, protesters also defied a curfew to take to the streets again. Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer seen kneeling on the neck of the 46-year-old before his death, was arrested Friday on charges of third-degree murder and manslaughter. Download the NBC News app for the latest updates.
The historic SpaceX-NASA launch could once again be scrubbed due to bad weather
They also tried to look for patterns in the atmosphere during their rocket-triggered lightning experiments. This happens when a giant spark of electricity occurs as a large rocket flies through a strong enough atmospheric electric field. The electric field needed to induce rocket-triggered lightning is much lower than for natural lightning. It's not just the weather at the site of the launch pad. The Weather Squadron also has to monitor the weather downrange because if the Crew Dragon Capsule encounters a problem, it needs to have a safe splashdown location.
Boris Johnson's bad week isn't going to end
London (CNN) With the exception of the days he spent in intensive care, this past week has been Boris Johnson's worst since taking office. Critics say that Cummings' failure to adhere to official regulations and the spirit of government advice is a risk to public health. Johnson's unwavering support for Cummings has left him politically exposed. JUST WATCHED Sir David King on Cummings scandal: Confusion the worst possible outcome Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH Sir David King on Cummings scandal: Confusion the worst possible outcome 17:49Even ministers who privately find Cummings frustrating accept that keeping him in post might be the best thing. Concerns regarding adherence to public health guidance are serious.
Man shot and killed during Detroit protests
Man shot and killed during Detroit protestsA 19-year-old man was fatally shot amid protests Friday night in Detroit, and authorities are looking for a suspect, police said. Police said that after the shooting, the suspect fled. Nine people were arrested, and Craig said that of those nine, seven were from outside of the city of Detroit. If you live outside of the city, why don't you protest in your hometown," Craig told reporters. "If you do want to come down and make a statement, do it in a peaceful manner."
Oakland protests highlight city’s troubled relationship with its own police department
Several storefront windows were broken, small fires set throughout downtown, and a bank was in flames by 11 o’clock. Police in Oakland stayed in place for most of the evening, establishing a cordon around the downtown Oakland precinct. The city’s troubled relationship with its own police department - OPD is in its 17th year under a federal consent decree for civil rights violations - was powerfully expressed Friday night. Man shot and killed during Detroit protestsA 19-year-old man was fatally shot amid protests Friday night in Detroit, and authorities are looking for a suspect, police said. If you live outside of the city, why don't you protest in your hometown," Craig told reporters.
Shots fired of Minneapolis police precinct
Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer seen kneeling on the neck of George Floyd before his death, was arrested Friday on charges of third-degree murder and manslaughter. The arrest comes after outrage over Floyd’s death and protests overnight during which the police precinct where Chauvin was stationed was set ablaze. Download the NBC News app for the latest updates.
Playdates and the pandemic: Can kids safely meet up?
But as the hours pass, more kids meet up from all over the neighborhood, until there are a dozen of them. Once those children try to play with her sons, Miller takes them inside, where they sometimes stand at the window, watching as other kids have playdates. They've seen birthday parties and kids playing tag, as if the pandemic wasn't raging on. Still, her kids do get wistful, and a little jealous, when they see kids throwing a football and palling around. Summer fun now, and an uncertain fallOne thing to consider: The more kids play together in the summer, the more it potentially impacts returning to school.
South Korea closes schools again amid coronavirus spike, days after reopening
But according to the Korea Times, hundreds of schools were closed again because of high infection rates in their communities. It cited the Ministry of Education as saying that 838 schools of the 20,902 nationwide that were supposed to reopen on Wednesday did not, including in Seoul, and hundreds closed on Thursday in Seoul, Bucheon and other cities. ADSchool districts in the United States that have been closed for months are now trying to figure out when and how they can reopen safely. Some are watching how other countries are handling the reopening of schools, including South Korea, which has been successful in containing the spread of the virus. South Korea still reports that fewer than 300 people have died of covid-19.
Trump Ally Erik Prince Recruited Ex-Spies to Infiltrate Liberal Groups
Prince is the brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and founder of the mercenary firm Blackwater. Through a spokesperson, he declined the Times‘ request for comment on the piece, which is based on interviews and documents obtained by the newspaper, including internal Project Veritas emails. “Both Project Veritas and Mr. “Secretary DeVos’ brother was directly involved in a spying scheme in her home state against a teachers’ union she’s been hostile with for years. “If Secretary DeVos was in any way involved, it will confirm that she stops at nothing to undermine public schools.”While Betsy DeVos dismantles public education, her brother, Erik Prince, uses spies to infiltrate and undermine advocacy organizations.
'Chilling': Erik Prince Recruited Ex-Spies to Help Project Veritas Infiltrate Groups 'Hostile' to Trump Agenda
"Secretary DeVos' brother was directly involved in a spying scheme in her home state against a teachers' union she's been hostile with for years. —Derek Martin, Allied ProgressPrince is the brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and founder of the mercenary firm Blackwater. The results of the Times' investigation were described by readers on social media as "chilling," "stunning," and "insane." "Secretary DeVos' brother was directly involved in a spying scheme in her home state against a teachers' union she's been hostile with for years. While Betsy DeVos dismantles public education, her brother, Erik Prince, uses spies to infiltrate and undermine advocacy organizations.
Dissenter Weekly: Reality Winner Predicted DOJ's Move To Block Release
Dissenter Weekly: Reality Winner Predicted DOJ Would Pretend They Never Received Request For ReleaseBillie Winner-Davis, the mother of NSA whistleblower Reality Winner, admits she did not believe it. Her daughter told her the Justice Department, or Bureau of Prisons, would claim she never filed for compassionate release at Federal Medical Center Carswell. On this edition of the “Dissenter Weekly,” host and Shadowproof editor Kevin Gosztola breaks down the Justice Department’s effort to thwart Winner’s appeal for release from prison. This week’s stories:Julian Assange Update: Next Hearing To Focus On COVID-19 Risks In Belmarsh Prison***Send tips and feedback to editor@shadowproof.comThis show is brought to you by Shadowproof.com, a 100% reader-funded press organization. If you enjoy our work, you can support us with a donation or by subscribing for $5/month or more: https://shadowproof.com/donate
Stir Crazy! Episode #43: We Can’t Breathe
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The murder of George Floyd and the fight against police violence in the US
The murder of George Floyd and the fight against police violence in the US28 May 2020The Socialist Equality Party (SEP) condemns the Memorial Day murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota and demands the prosecution of the police officers who are responsible for his death. The store owner later told media that he did not know if Floyd even knew if it was forged. The three other officers who helped restrain Floyd have been identified as Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng. The murder of George Floyd is the latest in an unending string of deaths at the hands of US police. The conflict between the financial aristocracy and the working class is the fundamental source of the brutality and violence of the state.
“Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band”—a documentary film
“Lost our connection after the war”Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band—a documentary filmBy James Brewer25 May 2020Once Were Brothers—Robbie Robertson and The Band is a valuable documentary about the legendary American popular music group named in the title. It is largely based on guitarist-songwriter Robbie Robertson’s personal narrative of his involvement with the group. The Band (left to right): Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Richard Manuel, Garth Hudson, and Robbie Robertson in ONCE WERE BROTHERS: ROBBIE ROBERTSON AND THE BAND, a Magnolia Pictures release. Robbie Robertson in ONCE WERE BROTHERS: ROBBIE ROBERTSON AND THE BAND, a Magnolia Pictures release. Bob Dylan and Robbie Robertson in ONCE WERE BROTHERS: ROBBIE ROBERTSON AND THE BAND, a Magnolia Pictures release.
Biography of the Dollar (1792 - ? )
Historically, the US Dollar was backed by gold for the first 150 years of its existence. Off the gold standard in 1972, the Dollar was backed by America's might as a manufacturing hub of the world. Now there are signs that the Century of the Dollar may be drawing to a close. In 1900, Congress officially pegged the Dollar to gold at $18.60 per ounce--very close to the rate established in 1892. He began immediately by decoupling the Dollar from gold, allowing the price of gold to float.
Article: "TrumpSpeak - RoboSpeak: The Greatest Ever in the World, by Far!"
Finally I watched it happen during a press briefing, a display of Strength and Courage by two women reporters. Weijia Jiang, a White House correspondent for CBS News asked President Trump. Trump attempted to move on by calling on Kaitlan Collins, a White House correspondent for CNN, but Kaitlin Collins deferred her questioning to allow President Trump to address Jiang's follow-up question. But what is obvious yet seldom pointed out to the public DURING these press briefings is that the president seldom answers ANY question. Next Page 1 | 2 | 3(Note: You can view every article as one long page if you sign up as an Advocate Member, or higher).
George Floyd, COVID-19 and The Perfect Storm
Then in the space of 30 days three unarmed African-Americans were shot and killed by white police officers. One young female emergency response worker, Breonna Taylor, was riddled with bullets eight times and murdered in Louisville, Kentucky, in her bed. All of these issues have come together and created a perfect socio-political storm today. That only aggravates the situation and gives law enforcement an excuse to violently crackdown under the guise of "restoring order." First, the best barometer and pointer of breakdowns in peaceful, nonviolent protests and internal discipline is the corresponding government repression.
Murray Perahia Plays Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata 3rd Movement
Murray David Perahia (born April 19, 1947) is an American pianist and conductor. He was the first North American pianist to win the Leeds International Piano Competition, in 1972. Known as a leading interpreter of Bach, Handel, Scarlatti, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schumann, among other composers. Perahia has won numerous awards, including three Grammy Awards from a total of 18 nominations, and 9 Gramophone Awards in addition to its first and only "Piano Award". [4]-WikipediaApparently there's just something about those 3rd Movements...
Murders of Women, and Child Trafficking in Mexico have Reached Horrific Levels
Trafico de ninos y feminicidios en Mexico en horrorificos niveles desenfrenados Trafficking of children and killings of women in Mexico have reached horrific levels. El caso de Diana Carolina en Tepic, Nayarit. The case of Diana Carolina en Tepic, Nayarit. En la escena del crimen se encontro escrito con la sangre de la victima algunas iniciales sobre la pared. Daily Weekly OpEdNews NewsletterNameEmail(Opens new browser window)
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More Reasons Why the COVID Crisis Will Be Worse Than the 1930s
The present stimulus funds will be used to pay down that massive but avoidable corporate debt. Equity and hedge funds scour the country to find corporations, large or small, that have net assets and a good cash flow. Now, the stimulus money will go to pay off this type of corporate debt first; some of what's left may go to the employees. But we can assume that a lot of stimulus money will be sucked up to meet those installment payments. During the 2008 crisis, that facility was extended to most investment banks as they became bank holding companies.
China and India reject President Trump's mediation in Ladakh face-off
China and India have rejected President Donald Trump's offer to mediate between China and India to end their border standoff in Ladakh. Between China and India we have existing border-related mechanisms and communication channels, Zhao told a media briefing here when asked about Trump's offer. However, Defense Secretary Mark Esper held a telephone conversation with his Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh, The Newsweek reported. The Indian Defense Ministry said Esper and Singh "reviewed progress on various bilateral defense cooperation arrangements and expressed their commitment to further promote our defense partnership". The skirmishes, which began on May 5 this year, have seen vicious hand-to-hand fighting between Indian and Chinese forces on the North bank of the Pangong Lake.
Zoom Trumps the Corner Office
"I wouldn't mind staying with a hybrid of work and work from home," said Stephanie, "but I do miss the office and seeing everyone again." But, I'm finding it harder and harder to"to be a leader, a director, a director of"""People in boxes," Bob finished. Everyone on Zoom is in the same size box and gets the same say. And everyone else ranked and in a set position, with mute button and share screen perks depending on your rank. The corner office will become the central box."
Trump's Social Media Executive Order Shows Just How Low He'll Go to Win
From The NationHis attack on Twitter is really an attack on the right to criticize the president. Donald Trump claims that fact-checking is an assault on free speech. He is -- it should go without saying -- wrong. Indeed, the whole point of writing the First Amendment was to establish the right of the people and the media to object to claims by presidents and other powerful officials -- especially when those claims are lies. So this president is ready to use the power of his position to attack the basic underpinnings of the First Amendment.
Trump the Peace Candidate? This President Abhors International Treaties
From Strategic CultureLet us consider why the Donald Trump White House is currently considering detonating a nuclear weapon. Yes, it is true that many countries war-game certain scenarios that are unlikely ever to occur, but there is nevertheless a certain consistency in the bellicosity that comes like an endless stream out of the Trump White House. Recently the United States was threatening to intercept four Iranian flagged oil tankers that were making their way to Venezuela. Pompeo has just announced that the United States will unilaterally withdraw from the so-called Open Skies Treaty which was signed in 1992. The New START Treaty, the only remaining nuclear-arms-control agreement between the United States and Russia, is set to expire in February 2021.
‘Thug’ Is the New N-Word
Thug is the latest, and perhaps the most dangerous example of racism’s new lexicon. The reality is the term thug exists almost to the exclusion of other races even where the behavior is near identical. Thug is the newest in a long line but it has gained some traction, too much traction. One suggestion is, treat the new n-word like the old one: stop yourself from using it. But, loose synonyms for “criminals” like “thug” and “hoodlum” that are racially charged paint a troublesome—if not wholly inaccurate—picture of who we are, one that should be checked immediately.
Post-Katrina, White Vigilantes Shot African-Americans With Impunity
A nationally recognized historic area, Algiers Point is largely white, while the rest of Algiers is predominantly black. No one was ever arrested for shooting Herrington, Alexander and Collins -- in fact, there was never an investigation. When two white men drove by in a black pickup truck, he begged them for help. In an outtake from the documentary, a group of white Algiers Point residents gathers to celebrate the arrival of military troops sent to police the area. On the tape, three white Algiers Point men discuss the incident.
The Fear Is Real, Not Orchestrated
Initially, public authorities were criticized for being unprepared and having no masks for those treating COVID-19 patients and for the general public. The absence of masks might have been one reason for the close-downs and for the initial, and now abandoned, public health advice that healthy people shouldn't wear masks. Some commentators claim that the virus is a plot to manufacture fear among the population and to herd us into mass vaccinations and a police state. However, the main cause of the fear is the uncertainty about the virus. This study reported that COVID-19 patients treated with HCQ had mortality rates ranging from 5.1 to 13.8%.
How TigerSwan Infiltrated Standing Rock and the Dakota Access Pipeline Movement
A former Marine working for the private security firm TigerSwan infiltrated an array of anti-Dakota Access pipeline groups at Standing Rock and beyond. Jesse Horne still struggles to talk about the day he was kicked out of the anti-Dakota Access pipeline movement. Neither was a former TigerSwan operative who worked on the Dakota Access pipeline contract. After the group’s camp closed down, Horne got a ride with Joel 10 hours to North Dakota to visit Standing Rock. It’s just him and his dog, and he pulls out his laptop.”One day, Joel invited Younan to smoke weed outside of the casino.
?Second DAPL whistleblower to testify
?Second DAPL whistleblower to testify by C.S. I’m not necessarily doing this for him personally, I’m just doing it because I don’t believe he should have a felony charge for what he did. While working security, coworkers called him “DAPL Apple,” for being part Lakota Sioux, or “red on the outside and white on the inside,” he said. “But if any other security company went out there, we would have to like break it up. It’s almost embarrassing because people think I was doing so much more.”Despite working odd jobs since working security for DAPL, Thompson isn’t uncertain about his future.
Jacob Pederson Is Not the AutoZone Umbrella Man, St. Paul Police Say
A viral and incendiary social media accusation against a St. Paul, Minnesota, police officer is false, the police department said in a statement. Many people shared the accusation on social media, accusing Pederson of “kickstarting” the riot by being the umbrella man. They basically purport to show a person claiming to recognize Pederson as the man in the umbrella man video, in part because of the gas mask and gloves he’s wearing. People shared videos of the umbrella man systematically breaking windows at the AutoZone and used them to cast what police say are false aspersions on Pederson. Here’s another video showing the mysterious umbrella man:VideoVideo related to jacob pederson is not the autozone umbrella man, st. paul police say 2020-05-28T23:08:37-04:00The unrest in Minneapolis/St.
Navajo, Apache Activists Thank Kos Readers for Helping Us Defeat Trump, McSally
We want to thank DailyKos readers for helping to raise $7,083 to help defeat Trump and McSally, by turning out the necessary Reservation votes to deny Trump Arizona’s 11 Electoral Votes. Dawnafe Whitesinger turned the Navajo County Board of Supervisors to a Native majority when she won her race. After we spend several weeks on the mail ballot requests, we will turn to voter registration. You will be getting a paper in your mail that allows you to request a mail ballot. Paid for by the Navajo County Democratic Committee.
Saint Paul Police Dispute Claim Officer Jacob Pederson Started Minneapolis Riots
A protester confronted the man, who became hostile and quickly walked away while being asked if he was a cop. On Thursday evening the Twitter account @GypsyEyedBeauty tweeted out a series of screenshots that claimed the man is Pederson. Public information officer Steve Linders told Heavy it was a “false social media post.” Below is the full statement sent to Heavy. We are aware of the social media post that erroneously identifies one of our officers as the person caught on video breaking windows in Minneapolis. We want to be perfectly clear about this: The person in the video is not our officer.
Trump fabricates a *nonversation* with India's PM Modi. Again.
But I can tell you, I did speak to Prime Minister Modi. “There has been no recent contact between PM Modi and President Trump,” a government source said. Once the government lifted its ban, as it did not just for the U.S., but for more than a hundred other countries, Mr. Trump showered India and PM Modi with praise. Trump told a curious story about Modi personally inviting him to help oversee negotiations. "I was with Prime Minister Modi two weeks ago, and we talked about this subject," the Republican asserted.
Breaking: US will abort cooperation with WHO
President Trump said Friday that the United States is "terminating" its relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO) over its response to the novel coronavirus. Trump said at a news conference at the White House that his administration would redirect funds promised to the WHO to other organizations responsible for global health.
No More Attention, Crybaby!
COVID GIRL?At least I know there are others out there ranting as much as I am. What doesn’t help is that the media doesn’t let up on covering him. when he is spouting downright lies and dangerous misinformation. He craves attention; why should we give it to him? The very sight of him makes me sick.
A Suggestion for Biden on Police Reform
VP Biden could attempt to use it as a beginning point for our healing. VP Biden should publicly commit himself to implementing Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ)’s plan for police and criminal justice reform. Julian Castro’s plan for immigration reform which includes a massive overhaul at ICE and Homeland Security as well as a “Marshall Plan” for Central America. Biden has said that the pandemic has led him to envision an FDR-scale presidency as the only adequate response. But, as much as I admire FDR, he did little to further the cause of racial justice because he needed to keep Southern segregationists in his coalition.
TWITTER, IF YOU WANT TO STOP TRUMP'S VIOLENT TWEETS, TERMINATE HIS ACCOUNT
You don’t stop the tweet, but flag it for potential violence. What can our incredibly rich, multi-million dollar company do to protect itself? A direct line to all his followers and a way to engage in free advertising round the world. Otherwise….well, otherwise, you are complicit in helping him spread his gospel of hate, and you’ll keep kneeling before him. Right now, you are the loudspeaker company that broadcasts his message of hate, and he’s just given a speech about how loudspeaker manufacturers should be liable if they criticize the speaker.
I Still Live in Two Americas
GEORGE FLOYD COULD HAVE BEEN MY SON! The murdered George Floyd was 46-years old, and so is my oldest son. George Floyd is the father of a daughter, so is my son. George Floyd was a black man and so is my son. George Floyd could have been my son.
High Impact Stories: May 28, 2020
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ICYMI: Defunding Minneapolis police, honoring immigrant trans women, and more from Prism
Tina Vasquez had the story:Jennicet Gutiérrez, an organizer with Familia, told Prism that the organization’s main priority is demanding justice for trans immigrant women and holding federal immigration agencies like Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) accountable when trans women die in detention. As events continue to unfold in Minneapolis and throughout the U.S., keep up with Prism for original journalism and commentary that centers the voices of the people most impacted. Send us a message to join the Prism group, and follow us on Daily Kos, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to make sure you never miss a story. By amplifying the voices and leadership of people closest to the problems, Prism tells the stories no one else is telling. Follow us on Twitter @ourprisms and on Facebook.
Responsibility
Yet, here we are, billions of us, trapped in our own solitude, struggling to survive the threat borne in a tiny speck of protein. For those of us who grew up in the 1940s and ‘50s, polio was our “corona”. None of us will ever forget our palpable fear of polio and the possibility of living the rest of our lives in an iron lung, or as a cripple. Each of us can be a Dr. Jonas Salk in staunching the spread of the virus until an effective vaccine can assume that task. Our spirit, our will to survive, our immune systems, and our determination, can fortify our sense of “Responsibility”, allowing each of us to savor our role in humanity’s heroic victory.
Trump is Going to Hate this New TV Series
The title is Space Force and it both stars and springs from the comedy genius mind of Steve Carell. Netflix started streaming today and the show is full of laughs, most directly at the expense of Donald John Trump. John Malkovich and many other fine actors we know and love fill out the cast of familiar faces. If you have access to Netflix, try this series. Laughing at the idiotic consequences of Donald Trump’s incompetence makes the rest of it just a bit more bearable.
88% of COVID-19 infected people not tested
CFR has been changed to IFR and statements that 88% figure applied to people not knowing they have COVID-19 (including post title) were corrected.] [ Just to illustrate, here's a simple example: if we know 7 out of every 1,000 infected people die, and we know 14 have died, then we know 2,000 people have been infected (14 ÷ 7 x 1,000 = 2,000). ] What the numbers can tell us is that confirmed cases are a small percentage of actual infections. From the above numbers, we can now estimate that “infected but never tested” number to be about 13 million. Put another way, 88% of infected people aren't tested and many are unaware or unsure they actually have COVID-19 .
Street Prophets Friday: Birds and Blossoms
There was firewood to split, a garden full of plants that had suffered a dry week and were in desperate need of some tender care— and water. Late Saturday we got one of those long, gentle, soaking rains— which made my drizzles relayed from the rain barrels seem pretty paltry. While out watering, weeding and transplanting, I noticed that the Blue Tits were nesting in their crack in the wall beside the garden. I built three of these little houses about 20 years ago and I think they’ve all been occupied every year since. Please share a link, a thought, a picture, or something of your own week if you’d care to join me in the comments.
Twitter Does What The Senate and Republicans Won’t: Hold Trump Accountable
Over the past few days Twitter has found the courage to stand up to Trump and explicitly fact-check and mark his Twitter rants. While he whines about his first-amendment rights being violated (which does not match constitutional muster on at least two counts), he also signed an edict that would make social media platforms liable for the content their users post. However, Twitter did not remove Trump’s tweets. If successful, it will force the social media platforms to start heavily monitoring and restricting their content or risk libel lawsuits. Poor Mark Zuckerberg; what Hell did Jack Dorsey create for you by standing up and holding Trump accountable?
mike pence does not get....This....Is Why!!
The white shadow will be the conductor on the train to hellI recently posted another Diary about the phrase, This… Is Why. mike pence is the jackass who stomped out of a Pro Football game because some of the Players had the temerity to take a knee during the National Anthem.. Here is a link to some of the responses mikey got:www.rawstory.com/…I have absolutely zero patience left with these racist. Let’s all work together to make sure that train makes it to it’s destination. As was noted, I believe this image was first posted by LeBron James.
2 protests, see if you can spot the difference in the response from President Trump...
from a friend of a friend on Facebook...Trump's bias on clear display. if there ever was a clear cut example of Trump’s pro-white / anti-black /POC bias it is in these two screen shots with his response to protests. I’d say you could use the screen shot quote on the left just as easy on the right. They want their lives back again, safely!”Kind of like the people who watched George Floyd’s life taken literally from him. x YouTube VideoSeems like a pretty clear choice of who is in tune with reality in this next election.
Paid sick leave will have to wait in Virginia
The Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy (VICPP), a Richmond based non-profit, is driving the effort to address the issue in Virginia. According to data supplied by the Center, 1.2 million Virginia workers do not have PST or any other form of paid leave. Thirteen states have paid sick time, “California covers everyone no matter the size of the workplace” said Bobo. He looks toward federal action on the matter such as the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act which provides for PST relating to COVID-19, which gives tax credit to employers for the paid leave that employees receive. Says Favola, “You can’t require people to choose between going to the doctor and feeding their families.” She added, “Paid sick leave needs to become part of the cost of doing business” in the aftermath of the pandemic.
Trump backward-shifts blame by announcing US leaving WHO in yet another distraction
Donald Trump has said he is terminating the nation’s relationship with the World Health Organization. Trump, who has threatened to withhold funding from the organisation, says the US will redirect funds to other bodies. Trump et al know EXACTLY how to weaponize our righteous anger against us, depicting us as unstable & hysterical & undisciplined. Stay cool, use your outrage as a tool, not a knee jerk reaction. Two minutes and 53 seconds of this was after Mr. Floyd was non-responsive.”x Dear Twitter,Thank you for flagging TrumpâÂ?Â?s tweet as glorifying violence.
Florida Miracle Part II: The Orange Void is gone! Now it's just a matter of a few more bucks.
No, not that Orange Void or Orange Julius Caesar (as our great ShowerCap would say). The orange spots on the map above (and in my diary Monday), were districts where there were still no Democratic candidates for the state legislature. So the first of the two goals of the FL 140 District Project has been achieved! Recruit Democratic candidates for all 140 legislative districts on the ballot in Florida; and 2. They are Jay McGovern (FL HD15), Tammy Garcia (FL HD 37), Patricia Plantamura (FL HD 66), Lisa Stortstrom (FL HD 74), Elisa Ackerly (FL HD 82), Anselm Weber (FL HD 76)That’s right!
Colin Kaepernick steps up. Offers financial aid for legal assistance to protesters.
Once again, Colin Kaepernick shows us what courage looks like. USA Today reports that Colin Kaepernick is stepping up. The man who took a knee to protest exactly what occurred in Minneapolis has announced that he will help those who protested George Floyd’s murder. In posts on Twitter and Instagram on Friday afternoon, Kaepernick said legal assistance will be paid for by his Know Your Rights Camp. Minneapolis has been rocked by protests following the death of George Floyd.
When Van Jones stops bothsiderism...Be Afraid...Be Very Afraid!!!
Van Jones is finally indignant and outraged...that means Hell is very cold today! For those who have no idea who he is, Van Jones is an Ivy League educated, former member of Barack Obama’s inner circle. But, in no uncertain terms, conversely Mr. Jones has grown to be absolutely reviled by a huge segment of the African American communityToday, that dynamic has almost certainly changed...inexorably!!! I cannot emphasize enough what a profound, profound change of tone Mr. Jones is taking here! Or else, seek to understand the full magnitude and incredible importance of what this very profound moment by Mr. Jones represents.
Trump as our Teacher? For gaming skills, yes.
In wrestling with how to unseat this disastrous POTUS in November, I struggle between insightful laments (isn’t it awful what he gets away with! Ironically, Trump himself (founder of Trump University, — okay, it was a sham) has primary lessons to teach us. Democrats tend to get too “reasonable” and shy away from what appears basic, shallow, and looks too much like “gaming”. Think of the numerous times Trump was deep in the dumps (the Hollywood Access tape, heading into Mueller-ville, the impeachment, his slight error in misreading COVID costing 100K lives, need I go on?….) (This is why Trump is willing to be inappropriate, shocking , as long as he gets the attention, or in effect, gets the ball back.)
Klobuchar Explains Her Actions
Political Wire has a new story just posted on how Amy Klobuchar this morning explained her actions while she was the county DA (I’m quoting Political Wire because the link is to a tweet that doesn’t give as much information):Said Klobuchar: “When I was county attorney, cases we had involving officer-involved shootings went to a grand jury. Klobuchar’s minimal involvement in the earlier Chauvin case has been dragged into the limelight now because Chauvin was filmed, and has just been arrested for, rather casually killing George Floyd on Monday. Yesterday I posted a rather intemperate diary, No Way Can Biden Choose Klobuchar After Floyd Murder, following initial stories that suggested a close link between Klobuchar and Chauvin. That said, I still find Klobuchar’s overall record as a prosecutor where the police are involved to be troubling, as well as the Burrell case. But I am saying that I don’t believe Klobuchar is going to be the best person to help him in that healing.
Black Kos, Week In Review
Naomi have some fun with her idol~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A Disproportionate Number of Black Business Owners Are Out of Work Amid the Pandemic. As of April, the country lost nearly 450,000 active African American business owners as the pandemic intensified, he found. The number of working Latino business owners dropped 32 percent from February to April, while the number of Asian business owners decreased by about a quarter. In advance of the film airing, the two women spoke with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour about the historical struggles that Black women have faced in the country, including within the #MeToo movement. “I certainly never imagined that the conversation would expand to include Black women.” x YouTube Video.
Indiana Republican launches xenophobic ad against Ukrainian-born primary foe
The narrator then declares, “Victoria Spartz pretends to be a conservative. The only poll we’ve seen was a mid-May survey from Spartz’s allies at the Club for Growth that showed her leading former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi 32-14, while Henderson took 13%. Several other candidates are running, including physician Chuck Dietzen and state Treasurer Kelly Mitchell, but they haven’t taken much fire from anyone. This suburban Indianapolis seat was safely red turf until the Trump era, but whoever emerges from Tuesday’s ugly primary will be in for a competitive race in the fall. National Democrats have consolidated behind former state Rep. Christina Hale, who doesn’t face any serious opposition for the nomination.
Where are Donald Trump’s Biggest Drops in the Polls? In States He’ll Win.
These are states Trump won by 10 or more in 2016, that have recent polling data. In fact, if I take a simple average of each of these swings, it comes to -10.5 points. There are two states Trump won easily in 2016 where he could really, truly be in trouble in my opinion. In those states, Biden in running about 3.6 points better in polls on average than the margin by which Hillary won. Oh, and the swing states (where Trump or Clinton won by a margin of 10 or less—some of which we wouldn’t consider swing states)?
Liberal Redneck to police: Fix it, or learn to breathe smoke
Trae Crowder, the Liberal Redneck, has just spoken on everything happening in Minneapolis. As usual, he brings hard truth. Not much else is there to say.
We Have Entered Another Dimension – One Of Sound, One Of Sight, One Of Complete Asininity
Rod Serling was the master of the macabre and creator of the Twilight Zone. Even he would be shocked by the bizarre goings-on these days! Photo | metv.comthedailynooze.com
O.M.G. Entering My 7th Decade...
AS: Our country reaches over 100,000 deaths in less than 3 months, due to an uncontrolled Pandemic. The U.S. has and will continue to have a disproportionate majority of virus cases and deaths in the entire world. I guess I never imagined that I’d watch a murder in my lifetime. AS: There is a sick, demented maniac in our Whitehouse--trying to be our president--*gag*. On top of this Pandemic, and in addition to another police murder on video, we have:
Crisis Leadership: More Necessary but Difficult Than Ever
Crisis Leadership:More Necessary but Difficult Than Everby Ian I. MitroffThe Coronavirus calls into question the nature of effective Crisis Leadership, especially its lack, as no other crisis has. They embed Crisis Management along with some key program that the organization already takes seriously so that it will be done as automatically as possible. With regard to telling the truth, the best Crisis Prepared Organizations take it as an absolute given that in today’s world there are no secrets, Period! Effective Crisis Management is much, much more than merely a cognitive or intellectual activity. Ian I. Mitroff is credited as being one of the principal founders of the modern field of Crisis Management.
Kislyak call transcripts declassified and released
These are calls prior to the inauguration but after the election. These are not the call transcripts between Flynn and the Trump campaign that are likely the basis for the charges of lying to the FBI and Congress. Transcripts of calls between former national security advisor Michael Flynn and Russia’s then-ambassador to the United States weeks before President Donald Trump’s inauguration were publicly released Friday. The transcripts are here and they are designed to show Flynn and Kislyak were talking about coordination on Middle East terrorism only. Though it does indicate there was a video conference between Trump and Putin scheduled for right after the inauguration (I would love to see THAT transcript)
COVID-19 Ends ‘Blind Acceptance’ of Exorbitant, Ever-Rising College Tuition
One part of the calculus has to be the fact that what one learns in a college classroom is only a piece of the college learning, growing experience. Parents are suing to reclaim money for a less than complete college experience; colleges are refunding dormitory fees. Indeed, there could be a tier of students who sign on for distance learning at a lower tuition. In this way, colleges, even the brand-name ones, could dramatically expand their student body and tuition revenue, without undermining quality in the classroom. More colleges should make tuition a sliding scale based on income (as Yale has done), converting loans into grants.
The New York Times reports that South Carolina Republicans gathered with no social distancing
Travis Dove for The New York TimesThe New York Times reports that Republican senators Lindsay Graham and Tim Scott held a rally this afternoon, with few masks and no social distancing; the microphone was freely shared. Go ahead Republicans, thin out your base—that’s a great political strategy. Covid-19 cases are rising in South Carolina. I apologize if you can’t read the links, but this short post gives the essence of this idiocy. Republicans: the chickens will come home to roost.
Daily Kos Radio’s KITM podcast (AUDIO): Kagro in the Morning, Friday, May 29 2020
This morning Donald Trump tweeted. And then, David Waldman tweeted this... Why are we still nominating Joe Biden for president? Trump can tell good people from thugs, but even the Oath Keepers don’t want him to say it so loudly. Ted probably regrets a lot. Zac Fuentes worked for the Trump White House, won a 3 million dollar contract days after forming a company to provide masks to Navajo Hospitals.
The Curious Case of Casey Askar: An immigrant running on a Trump platform in Southwest Florida
So, who is Casey Askar, who is supporting him, what would he mean for Southwest Florida and what are his chances of winning? Askar didn’t reveal when—or if—he moved full-time to Southwest Florida, although he has been characterized as a resident of Naples. To clarify Askar’s candidacy, these questions were submitted to the Casey Askar campaign on April 23: I’ve reviewed your website and personal story. Casey Askar is an immigrant who thrived and succeeded in America and served her in uniform. If Donald Trump had been president when Casey Askar and his family left Iraq, they would have been shut out of America.
WYgal’s Tabloid
This has been a week of ups and downs as is the norm with this administration. The launch of the Falcon 9 rocket was postponed due to weather. Twitter has actually hidden a tweet of thing’s — it’s so lovely to see. Obviously, this resulted in thing bullying social media with one of his infamous Executive Orders. ?The murder of George Floyd by a Minnesota cop has stirred up memories of those who have died before him.
WATCH: Gianno Caldwell speak from the Heart about being a Black Man in America on FOX News
Gianno Caldwell’s powerful interview that should not be missed. He drives home an inclusive message we all need to hear (with a tear in his eye). He speaks of his 76 year old grandfather who’s birthday is today. I know there’s a lot of great people who aren’t bigoted, they aren’t racist, who are watching right now. If we don’t unite, today, we’re not going to have a country to unite in.
Channeling Your Inner Toaster Oven Whilst Sheltered In Place, Part 1
The toaster oven. No, seriously, the toaster oven rocks. After the butter mix has cooled down to room temperature or so, stir in the ground pistachios and cashews. Did I mention that you need the pan that came with your handy dandy toaster oven? These should be carefully placed on a piece of parchment paper the size of that pan that came with your beautiful toaster oven.
A Draft Cease And Desist Letter To President Trump.
As detailed in a prior article, Donald Trump has posted a series of appallingly cruel tweets attacking his media nemesis Joe Scarborough. The prior article discusses the widower of Lori Klausutis (Timothy Klausutis) and his eloquent words pleading with Twitter’s CEO to delete Trump’s tweets. The CEO of Twitter refused, apologizing for not being able to do so and the pain the tweets caused the family of Lori Klausutis. Recently, an opinion piece in the New York Times argued that Trump’s tweets constitute the tort of Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress against Timothy Klausutis. I determined that I would send a letter to the counsel for the President demanding that President Trump cease and desist his exploitive smears against my client’s dead wife.
In the Current Crisis, GOTV is Our Sacred Duty
I’m doing this every day for a reason: GOTV is the biggest key to victory. Yes, they have won by being willing to tell ANY lie. Yes, they have won by appealing to the fears and hatreds of the average person. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph." We face a hard conflict, but we have in our hands the key to glorious triumph: Get Out The Vote.
Hennepin County Commissioner Angela Conley on grieving and organizing after murder of George Floyd
I was born and raised in this community and now have the privilege to represent this community on the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners. But the escalation of what happens when state-sanctioned murder happens to Black communities is that there's this tension in terms of anger. What does that do to the psyche of Black communities who are already dealing with living in poverty, not having generational wealth or access to basic resources? Conley: You know, I became the first Black county commissioner in Hennepin County's history last year. Two, we really need to rethink how we police across the country.
From Outrage to Justice
What happened to Christian Cooper is part of a long, ugly history of racial exclusion in our parks and public spaces. But Black people and other people of color deserve to be safe in our parks and public lands. But as Sierra Club members and supporters, we need to go beyond outrage to working for justice. The racist fears that drove her to call the cops on Christian Cooper are the same ones that motivate officers to use deadly force. Because, to paraphrase Christian Cooper, this world belongs to all of us.
SC-Sen: Former Sen. Barbara Boxer (D. CA) Returns To Get Rid Of Cry Baby Lindsey Graham (R)
Senator Barbara Boxer (D. CA) on behalf of group, PAC For A Change:Lindsey Graham used to have a soul, and now he's sold it. A poll conducted last week shows that Graham is TIED with his Democratic opponent, Jamie Harrison. This tells us that South Carolinians realize that Graham is just not trustworthy and has major character flaws. Our strategy is working, but we need your help to build on our earlier success. Make a contribution TODAY and help us flip Lindsey Graham out of office in 2020.
They care about MN even in FL
Pam Keith, Lt. Cmdr US Navy JAG Corps. Pam Keith received a a commendation as Officer in Charge of the Navy Legal Services Office Detachment, ASU Bahrain. Though her legal background comes from the military, as opposed to law enforcement, right and wrong is the same everywhere and Pam Keith recognizes it. It’s the same in MN and FL and MS, and MO, and NY. And it can be improved everywhere by electing Pam Keith to Congress.
QUITTER-IN-CHIEF: Trump Retreats From Yet Another International Agreement
This week has been one of the most challenging yet for the American people during the tumultuous presidency of Donald Trump. And in response, Trump suggested shooting the protesters. Trump chastised China for its role in the early days of the coronavirus, despite the fact that he praised China at the time. What Trump did do was to go after the World Health Organization, from which he terminated the United States membership. With Trump's exit from the W.H.O., he has completed at least a half dozen such unilateral withdrawals by the United States under his mismanagement.
Evening Shade: Inside the White House's Messaging Regimen
Evaluating Proposed White House Information ReleasesPart One:All communications from the White House must pass pre-release screening. [Is this something a caring or considerate person would be likely to say, do or recommend?] [Is this something a sane or coherent person would be likely to say, do or recommend?] [Is this something a smart or educated person would be likely to say, do or recommend?] Paula White has suggested we only release policies and statements that would have been approved by Gun-totin’ Prosperity Jesus.
Donald Trump does his best Marie Antoinette impression
Donald Trump shows similar respect for the American people as Marie Antoinette did for her subjects. 100,000 dead and counting from COVID-19, and all Trump does is push snake oil. Look for easter eggs in this cartoon.
Voting Rights Roundup: Court axes Florida GOP's poll tax, restoring voting rights to roughly 775,000
In striking down the poll tax, the court's ruling means that it's unconstitutional to condition voting rights upon the payment of court fees and costs. In light of that situation, the court ordered Florida officials to tell all of the affected citizens whether they're eligible to vote. Voters also won't face perjury charges for registering through this process, something that had chilled registration drives before the court ruling. While that ruling is not binding, it could be a signal that the state court could strike down the entire amendment if the federal court ruling limiting the new requirement survives. The plaintiffs want the court to order Republicans to rewrite the summary or accept an alternative of their own.
Kitchen Table Kibitzing, May 29, 2020: Peanut Butter and Mayonnaise
Where’s the peanut butter? My dad made his peanut butter sandwiches with mayonnaise. He said the mayonnaise kept the peanut butter from sticking to the roof of his mouth. The combination became a staple in Southern households in the United States and, in some regions, it was as ubiquitous as peanut butter and jelly. In the 1960s, Hellman’s Mayonnaise debuted an advertisement suggesting fun ways to spice up the basic peanut butter & mayo sandwich.
Why You Should Mask if You Want to Reopen
It’s why you can watch those old movies from the 30s and doctors are wearing masks. They aren’t in hazmat suits, they don’t take baths in sanitizer, they wear masks and they wear them correctly. We have scientific evidence that when both infected and non-infected folks wear masks that transmission of infectious respiratory diseases goes way down. If you want to reopen the economy, the answer seems simple, mask up. The secret isn’t just wearing a mask, it’s wearing it correctly.
Proud Parent
Being born in the late 70's I can honestly say that American racism is more prevalent now than it has ever been in my lifetime. Racism is taught, cultivated, and nurtured by small minded people with an over exaggerated sense of self importance. I was fortunate to have been raised in an environment that celebrated diversity and supported love for all people. We have far more similarities than differences, and all too often, we focus more on the things that are different. Dr. Seuss said "unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.
COVID-19 State by State: Iowa 5/29/20
Lande reacted angrily on the recording. If you’ve got a problem with what we’re f------ doing or what you’re hearing, come to us first instead of being a little b---- and calling other people,” he is heard saying. Robbins can be heard asking Leonard whether he would allow the jail administrator to speak to another employee in that manner. Leonard responded by telling Robbins to leave, saying, “Don’t you ever come back.”Robbins then asked whether he was being fired. Leonard said he would call him and that “you’re off on leave.”
Race For Justice
If you are part of a group of oppressed people defined as a race, no matter where in the world you may be, you know that the movement towards justice and equality is more of a painful crawl than a race, and that is true regardless of dramatic events that put an end to some of the unjust practices. And so the struggle began between my adverse emotional reactions to the in your face civil disobedience of some civil rights protesters and the intellectual side of my brain that told me how wrong those emotional reactions were. Any person being killed by police using excessive force is disturbing, but it was particularly so in this instance. As the Black Lives Matter people say, “a black person is three times more likely than a white person is to be killed by the police.” This must stop. It is not enough for people like me to search our souls, we must commit ourselves to the cause of justice now.
In the Night Forest Trees
In the Night Forest TreesIn the night forest treesThe too long summer had just begunAround which the corner waitedWith the plagueWhile the theater burnedA hand was given to a nicer guyWhom it could not have happened toThe famous place just a placeholderThat another week went byWe could have made the twilightThe last and best of socially distanced momentsBut our angels followed us into cathedral shadowsTo piss on the PsalterTracking diddle in the plasterAbove the muffle of the maskWas heaviness in the lightest touchAs the skin crawling of the deadOr the expert punditryWho would not kill the senseOf what could not be saidThe elite host and most anointed onePointed somewhere cleanBeyond the hand sanitizerAnd called it a perfect callOn what obviouslyCould not have been a more perfect dayBut the chlorine could not bleach the soulAnd the sky was too far away
Media Ignores COVID-19 "Reopening" Failures in AL, AR, MS, and SC.
Meanwhile, AL, MS, and SC have increasing numbers of coronavirus infections since their own grand reopenings. And AR, which never really had a lockdown, is now in a “second peak” of coronavirus infections. And AL, AR, MS, and SC reopened while their coronavirus cases where not really declining or failed to follow the CDC guidelines for reopening. Here is an excerpt of that interview: Why not issue a formal stay-at-home order? In fact, I don’t think you can call this a second wave because AR was never on sustained downward trajectory with their coronavirus cases.
A Lasting "Thank You" to the Staff of an NHS Hospital
It’s held in the grounds of the historic Royal Hospital Chelsea for veterans who have a distictive red dress coat uniform with a tricorn hat. It was to feature many scented plants so there is a logic to their sponsorship. The hospital garden is now a calming, beautifully scented retreat for hospital staff and patients to enjoy all year round. Ongoing complementary maintenance of the garden will be provided indefinitely to ensure it is always looking at its best for hospital staff and patients. This garden will be giving its benefits to the staff and patients at the hospital for years to come.
Rooting out anti-Blackness and police violence gets lots of talk, but too little action
Since Brown was shot six times that summer in Missouri, police across the United States have killed more than 4,500 people. Getting killed by police is, in fact, a leading cause of death for Black men. However, much of Trump’s agenda may be able to be enacted without needing new legislation. As such, state and local lawmakers are positioned to play a critical role in resisting Trump’s agenda and protecting communities from harm. This agenda outlines legislation that can be passed at the state and local levels to stop Trump’s administration from escalating police violence in our communities.
Militia-loving lieutenant governor leads fight against Idaho’s stay-at-home orders
McGeachin, a former legislator from Idaho Falls, recently reopened the tavern her family owns in her hometown, in defiance of Gov. Brad Little’s stay-at-home orders, which recommended businesses in the state remain closed until June 13. "As Lieutenant Governor, I am one heartbeat away from the governor’s chair. In his speech at the rally, Bundy compared Idahoans under lockdown to Jews before the Holocaust:Just look at the pictures of the Holocaust. “Brad Little has acted like a Democrat through this whole thing, and the people know it,” Lohman told Rohrlich.
KY U.S. Sen. Candidate on Shooting of 7 Protesters, Defeating McConnell: ‘BradCast' 5
Guest: Farmer, teacher, Marine Lt. Col. turned candidate Mike BroihierAlso: Latest in Minneapolis protests over police killing of George Floyd... We are also joined by a progressive Democratic U.S. Senate candidate from Kentucky hoping to unseat Mitch McConnell this year, and to discuss the mysterious shooting of protesters in Louisville last night. We're joined today by MIKE BROIHIER, a Kentucky farmer, teacher and retired U.S. Marine Lt. Colonel who is vying for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination in hopes of ousting Republican Senator and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in November. As to whether he'd be a better choice to defeat McConnell than McGrath, he says: "If it's just electability, I'm the candidate.
MN-Sen: Sen. Tina Smith's (D) Statement On George Floyd's Murder
We cannot look away from the reality that a man was killed by a police officer, while others watched him plead for his life. We cannot look away from the reality that a woman, Breonna Taylor, was killed by police in her home in Louisville. We cannot look away from the reality that a man, Ahmaud Arbery, was killed while out jogging. It’s not right now, but we need to make it right.”To make it right, we need consequences and accountability, not explanations. I will work for justice to be served for George Floyd, and I will fight to fix the systems that allow this injustice to be perpetuated.
Top Comments: It's Been a Rough One
Been a rough week. My thoughts are still more than a bit...jumbled and I don’t quite know where to begin other than an image that I keep coming back to. I don’t mean “distraction” in the sense that I see that word utilized in the overly simplistic (and frequently wrongheaded) analyses that prioritize socioeconomic class over race in terms of problems that need to be dealt with. Now, let me get back to that bridge game that I was playing on my phone app. Comments below the fold.
"Mews" from the campaign trail. 2020 Pootie Party.
Purdy has to be aware of all “mews” if it pertains to the 2020 Pootie Party campaign, including texts and memos drafted by the candidates (prior to media release). Andy sent a question and photo (TV screen grab) of a recent visit, by the opposing candidate, to a mask manufacturing plant. As you remember, Andy has been remiss of current events while cruising outer realms with friends (whom asked not to be named). As Summer bursts forth, there has been strong talk and suggestions about running mates for the two Pootie candidates. ?It is expected that all of the pundits of the Pootie Party will submit suggestions to Andy and Ginger’s offices for polling purposes.
Friday Night Beer Blog
Hi beer fans! I was hard at work and didn’t get this written on time. I’ve got Hazy L.A. IPA, well earned after a long afternoon’s work. What are you drinking? Who’s brewing?
COVID-19 in Brazil, with a Preamble Rant
Now that I have that off my chest, let’s see how Trumpian public health policy has been playing out under President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro. Around 5 March, the Brazil Health Ministry announced plans to add thousands of hospital beds, doctors, ventilators, and PPE, prompted by community spread over 10 days. Such mixed messages were (and continue to be) endemic in Brazil, just like in the U.S., with confusion the result. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that the daily case additions look like they do in the graphic below:Daily COVID-19 cases in Brazil, 2020. The more recent research showed little to no relationship between spread of SARS-2 and these two variables.
Cartoon: Quarantine dreams
What I’d give to trade these recurring quarantine dreams for the old stress ones about missed exams or deadlines.
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Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin charged with third-degree murder
Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter in connection with the death of George Floyd, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Friday. Three other officers involved in the incident have not been charged, and the investigation is ongoing, Freeman said. The case moved with “extraordinary speed,” Freeman said, adding that this is the fastest his office has ever charged a police officer. Chauvin, a 19-year MPD veteran, and the three other officers involved in the incident were fired Tuesday. And in 2008, Chauvin shot and injured Ira Latrell Toles after Toles allegedly grabbed for an officer’s gun during a domestic violence call.
Trump Officials Consider Defying Congress to Sell More Weapons to Saudi Arabia
The new proposal would effectively build off the sale pushed through over Congress’s objections last year, sending an additional 7,500 precision-guided missiles from Raytheon to Riyadh on top of the 60,000 bombs Saudi officials bought last summer, according to a congressional aide who described it on the condition of anonymity because it had not yet been officially turned over to Congress. As of December, roughly a third of those munitions had been delivered.
Trump Administration Preps New Weapons Sale To Saudi Arabia
When State Department inspector general Steve Linick was abruptly fired, one of the inquiries he was conducting concerned a massive, highly controversial weapons sale to Saudi Arabia. Now the Trump administration is preparing to sell Riyadh even more weapons, The Daily Beast has learned. The most recent attempt at a Saudi sale, however, comes amidst a period of relative calm on those fronts. It represents a recognition that the Saudi reputation has cratered in Congress, no matter how solid the royals’ relationship with the Trump administration is. Two other senior administration officials said Linick’s ousting was just another example of Team Trump ousting former Obama administration officials—particularly inspectors general.
Judge Invalidates One of the Last Vestiges of Federal Discrimination Against Same-Sex Couples
They considered themselves married, but Arizona, where they lived, did not—until 2014, when a federal court invalidated the state’s same-sex marriage ban. On Wednesday, a federal judge ordered the Social Security Administration to pay up—not just to Ely, but to every American denied survivors benefits because of same-sex marriage bans. His sweeping decision provides benefits to thousands of LGBTQ surviving spouses, tearing down one of the last remaining vestiges of federal discrimination against same-sex couples. And the Supreme Court has repeatedly held that the government must provide those privileges to same-sex couples on equal terms. Although the federal law is neutral on its face, its use in these cases relies upon a state law that actively discriminated against same-sex couples.
Arrest report for officer charged with George Floyd’s murder has damning new piece of evidence
From the arrest report:8:25:31 the video appears to show Mr. Floyd ceasing to breathe or speak. An ambulance and emergency medical personnel arrived, the officers placed Mr. Floyd on a gurney, and the ambulance left the scene. The Star Tribune reports that George Floyd “showed no signs of life” from the time that EMS arrived. Firefighters went into the ambulance to find EMS working on giving Floyd CPR. “I’ve got a red medical, we’ll be there in approximately six minutes,” a medic relayed, according to emergency dispatch audio.
Cheers and Jeers: Rum and Social Distancing FRIDAY!
Federal Judge Robert Hinkle, for ruling that Florida's law requiring felons to pay legal fees as part of their sentence before regaining voting rights is unconstitutionalThe Australian university researchers who recorded the fastest internet data speed---44.2 terabits per second---from a single chip using existing communications infrastructureKentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D), for his blistering response to the armed members of Y'all Qaeda who hanged him in effigy and tried to terrorize his family. (The ringleader was instantly fired from his job.) The New York Times, for their Sunday front page filled top to bottom with names of Americans who died of complications from Covid-19 as the death toll hit 100,000Federal Judge Cynthia Bashant, for throwing in the trash a $10 million defamation lawsuit filed by the "One America News" propaganda network against Rachel MaddowFederal Judge Bruce Macdonald, for oredering the Social Security Administration to pay benefits to the surviving partners of same-sex couples who had been denied the opportunity to marry sooner due to state marriage bansRighteous revulsion, as the national backlash to George Floyd's murder by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, and the president's threat to shoot protesters, is both swift and deafeningWorld peace in space, as NASA and space agencies around the world sign the Artemis Accords that will promote safe and peaceful space explorationThe indigenous Ashaninka people, aka "Guardians of the Amazon Rainforest," who won a decades-long court battle with soulless, evil loggers, setting a legal precedent for thousands of similar cases
Judge orders Social Security to pay survivors benefits to previously disqualified gay couples
Six months later, Taylor died of cancer. But when Ely applied for federal survivor benefits, he was denied because federal law requires couples be married for at least nine months in order to qualify. The fact that the couple had been illegally banned from marrying sooner was deemed immaterial. The case was brought in 2019 by the LGBTQ advocacy group Lambda Legal as a class action suit, arguing that the Social Security Administration "cannot rely upon unconstitutional state laws that have since been overturned to justify discriminating against same-sex surviving spouses today." The denial of access to these critical benefits can have dire consequences, with some of our class members experiencing homelessness," Renn said.
As America burns, Trump announces he's 'terminating' relations with World Health Organization
That's right—no mentions of George Floyd or Breonna Taylor, no words intended to soothe the deep wounds currently afflicting this country. Just some World Health Organization bashing and then China, China, China. Trump spent most the brief announcement painting the World Health Organization (WHO) as a tool of the Chinese government and China as an enemy of democracy and global public health (never mind cutting off WHO funding amid a global pandemic). “The world is now suffering as a result of the malfeasance of the Chinese government,” Trump said. Trump also declared himself "100% correct" for implementing a travel ban from China earlier this year.
COVID-19 news: Trump ditches World Health Organization
Donald Trump is always on the lookout for an enemy to rally his base against as he postures about his own supposed toughness. Even Trump can’t quite claim a virus is out to get him personally, so he needs other enemies. Today, the World Health Organization took the top spot, as Trump announced “We will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization and redirecting those funds to other worldwide and deserving urgent global public health needs.”That decision comes as Trump has also sidelined the White House pandemic task force, for whatever use it ever was. Not that public health was ever his primary consideration, but this may be a new low even for Trump.
Trump exploiting COVID-19 crisis to grab land on the border for his wall
But due to the extraordinary current pandemic crisis, we simply need more time. They are exploiting this crisis and have "taken advantage of people sheltering in place. People have not been able to seek out attorneys," said Ricky Garza, an attorney with the Texas Civil Right Project. It's not entirely clear what the government is actually trying to do right now other than fulfill Trump's racist fantasies and terrorize families on both sides of the border. But only three miles of wall have been built where no wall, fence, or barrier existed before.
Trump's fourth of July celebration to block off much of national mall for his 'friends'
This national celebration, is only for the Trump nation. Just a week before events on the National Mall, Donald Trump’s revamp of the 4th of July celebration is finally coming clear, and as it does what’s revealed is exactly what people feared—Trump is turning the national celebration into a Trump rally writ large. And to make that clear, Trump will block off a huge section of the Mall expressly for his “family and friends.”Washington’s 4th of July celebration is no longer about national unity. Some people who had plans for coming to the Nation’s capital for the 4th will find that flights are delayed, cancelled, or rescheduled. But they won’t find out yet, because things are still aren’t worked out just days before the event.
The National Park Service diverts $2.5 million to help pay for Trump’s July 4th military parade
This is what he wantsThis year’s July Fourth celebrations in Washington, D.C., will include a ramping-up of authoritarianism, after Donald Trump has gotten his teeny-tiny fingers into it. One of the big problems, among many, that Trump faced last year when he attempted to create a military parade a la all the world’s famous dictators, was its projected costs. So Trump and, possibly, his handlers have come up with the idea of using our country’s Independence Day celebrations as cover for their dress-rehearsal version of a fascistic military parade. It makes sense, since fascists don’t care about democracy or independence, so why not grab some of the already carved-out Independence Day celebration budget? The Washington Post reports that in order to make Trump’s small-handed insecurity of a dream come to fruition, the National Park Service will be “diverting” $2.5 million “in entrance and recreation fees primarily intended to improve parks across the country.” Like most governmental agencies that are here to provide improvements to our country’s collective experience, the National Park Service is not known for having excess cash lying around.
Trump's tanks-to-America event is 'not a ticketed event,' if you ignore the tickets
No, we do not yet have any reason for Mike Pence being called back from New Hampshire for an emergency/not-an-emergency. What Trump’s ego-stroking play costs the American people is likely to never be known. One thing that the White House is happy to say about this event is that “Any suggestion that this is a ticketed event is false.” That’s right. “A Salute to America” is a free event, open to the public, in the same way that every concert in the Rolling Stones’ latest farewell tour is free to the public. And, by a total coincidence, the RNC has those tickets and is handing them out.
Trump plans to put the people of Washington, D.C. at risk with big Fourth of July celebration
Forget about coronavirus—Donald Trump is determined to repeat the political rally and ode to his own ego he staged in Washington, D.C., on the Fourth of July last year. That event featured all the military hardware Trump could demand, excluded regular people from the prime locations in favor of tickets for Trump's allies, and forced the National Park Service to divert $2.5 million of funding intended for other purposes. Ridiculous and offensive at any time—but exponentially worse in the middle of a pandemic. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser threw cold water on the idea earlier in the week, saying the city would not be issuing permits for any parades during the first phase of reopening. This sets up a fight with the Trump administration, which is prepared to unleash an avalanche of BS to back up the demands of Trump’s ego.
Trump eager for July Fourth celebration in D.C. despite coronavirus pandemic
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is again eager for the nation's capital to host a Fourth of July celebration, despite the coronavirus pandemic. Last year was a tremendous success, and I would imagine we'll do it — hopefully, I can use the term 'forever. '”But D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser signaled this week that the parade is canceled. For that first phase, she is still urging people to social distance and not to gather in groups of more than 10 people. Trump has said that he also plans to celebrate the summer holiday on July 3 with a fireworks display over Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.
We Need a Public Option for Banking
This has predictably led to marginalized communities and households waiting in distress for life-sustaining stimulus funds, simply because they lack access to a bank account. The pandemic has shown that we need a public option for basic banking services. As a recent New York Times editorial endorsing FedAccounts for getting out stimulus payments put it: “Stop Dawdling. Postal Service to broaden its reach — strengthening our postal system at a time when it is facing continued attacks from predators. A public option for basic banking services, and an improved, publicly accountable payments system, are necessary parts of a recovery infrastructure that works for everyone.
Woman says she was raped in ICE detention center hours before deportation
"ICE employees and contractors are held to the highest standard of professional and ethical conduct," the agency said, according to BuzzFeed News. "This probably happens more often than reported," Doe’s attorney Michelle Simpson Tuegel told BuzzFeed News. A 2017 analysis of government data found that even when reported, abuse cases against agencies including ICE are rarely investigated by U.S. officials. Both vulnerable populations often face additional trauma as a result of horrid conditions in the centers and sexual abuse, including nightmares and post-traumatic stress disorder. Sexual assault is a heinous crime that must not go unpunished and should especially not be occurring in a government facility.
An Immigrant Says She And Two Others Were Raped Inside An ICE Detention Cell Right Before Being Deported
An immigrant woman sued a private prison company on Wednesday alleging she was raped inside an ICE detention center in Texas that resulted in her giving birth to her attacker's daughter. Michelle Simpson Tuegel, a Dallas-based attorney representing Doe, said what her client had endured was the stuff of nightmares. "This probably happens more often than reported," Simpson Tuegel told BuzzFeed News. Even though her client was deported, Simpson Tuegel said she still has the right to sue CoreCivic in addition to the three attackers. CoreCivic is one of the largest private prison companies in the US and detains immigrants under contracts with ICE.
Friday Night Owls: Pandemic underlines the need for a public banking option
She barely gets 30 percent of the vote as your indicted governor romps to an easy victory. Supporters of this indicted governor, let's call him "Ernie Fletcher", are feeling frisky. “I’ve never met a finer man than our governor, Ernie Fletcher,” said [Mitch] McConnell. “I’m proud of Ernie Fletcher. I’m proud of Glenna Fletcher.
it's a horrible frustrating unfair system. no matter how hard we try to make fairness happen
The justice system only works if you have money to pay lawyers. Even if you have air tight proof/facts/evidence, it takes forever to prove harm.
A guaranteed annual income is coming to Spain
Spain is about to try out a version of the Universal Basic Income. However, the pandemic has also sped up the implementation of the much-awaited minimum income guarantee. Spain's Socialist-led coalition government approved on Friday (29 May) the measure to help 850,000 vulnerable families - accounting for about 2.3 million people. A Universal Basic Income is inevitable; it’s only a matter of how long conservatives will be able to hold out against it. And I won’t give up on the idea even if this particular trial does fail.
Rioters storming Police headquarters at CNN Headquarters in response to George Floyd's Murder.
xTHIS is why protestors are hitting the CNN building in Atlanta, because the police department is inside of it. not because they hate CNN. there�s always a reason, do your fucking research pic.twitter.com/x4AP2IPTAL
A Kafka Soundbite Redux, In Rough Translation: What Does It All Mean?
And you have some vague or not so vague sense of who Herr Franz was. Now, when I say “prophet” it is not meant merely in the sense of some kind of soothsayer or whatnot. Not necessarily, except that perhaps he had a few profound insights into human nature, including some of the most extreme possibilities. If only He could have his loyal minions right there right in His Divine Company, doting on His Every, Very Very Divine Excellent Word! Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk!
Overnight News Digest: Other Stuff, Other Places
Welcome to the Overnight News Digest with a crew consisting of founder Magnifico, current leader Neon Vincent, regular editors side pocket, maggiejean, Chitown Kev, Interceptor7, Magnifico, annetteboardman, jck, and Besame. Alumni editors include (but not limited to) Man Oh Man, wader, palantir, Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse (RIP), ek hornbeck, ScottyUrb, Doctor RJ, BentLiberal, Oke (RIP) and jlms qkw. OND is a regular community feature on Daily Kos, consisting of news stories from around the world, sometimes coupled with a daily theme, original research or commentary. Editors of OND impart their own presentation styles and content choices, typically publishing each day near 12:00 AM Eastern Time. Please feel free to share your articles and stories in the comments.
It's about "I can't breathe"
In the case of George Floyd and Eric Garner, the black men who were killed by police action, both victims told the cops time and again “I can’t breathe!” Those who defend the police respond with, well, if he can’t breathe, how can he talk? The fact is people who cannot breathe, or who are having life-threatening breathing difficulty can still move enough air to speak. I have had two patients die in my ambulance because they could not breathe yet both of them told me “I can’t breathe!”Here’s the problem. The pulseox shows the level of oxygen in the blood as a percentage of the blood’s ability to absorb oxygen — it’s known as “oxygen sats” — oxygen saturation. If they had not been choked, they would not have gone into cardiac arrest.
"I understand the anger, but..." Change "anger" to "rage" and drop the "but."
I have heard the “but” one too many times today from some progressives and Democrats in my life, although I understand it. And, I understand many jumping in to say how this is not the solution. And while I understand the “but” I think we all have to fight very hard not to make it the headline. I awoke this morning to find out how far the damage had extended in both cities , and it is extensive. They have been unending without recompense, like a funeral drum beat in this country, and YES, the pot has boiled over into rage.
Insomniacs' Vent Hole with James Corden
SPOILER WARNING: A latenight gathering for non-serious palaver that does not speak of that night's show. This vent-hole (hereinafter known as IVH), if lost or stolen will not be replaced or purchase price refunded. Violation of IVH rules will result in expulsion without refund. A copy of IVH rules can be obtained from one or more members wearing tie-dyed oxford shirts after written requests. Colbert: Stephen Colbert from home; Trevor Noah; Chef José Andrés; musical performance by Willie, Lukas and Micah NelsonCorden: Actress Jamie Lee Curtis; actor Thomas Middleditch; musical performance by Pardison Fontaine feat.
Nice poem about the pandemic by Peter Gabriel
Who will wear the crown? The alien conqueror is coming to townNobody knows who’ll be wearing his crown‘till we count out the numbers and know just who’s downOh, the alien conqueror is coming to townA moment’s been caught and a boat goes adriftIts duty and love and life their last giftAnd we cheer for this frontline as they head for their shiftWe’re alone, we’re together and there’s the liftAnd friends they’re drowning as boats come apartSo many cut short, so much hurt in the heartWe all come to naught when we share out this crownAnd the kings and the queens of each family fall downStars up above us on this empty London streetA springtime’s fill of life alive the air so soft and sweetThe world is turning once again and when the wheel will stopThe world will form as something else and then the coin will dropAnd out come all the questions, the questions we don’t askAs we close in from a distance and stay protected by the maskFor all of you who’ve fallen, no more is it your taskWe’ll make sure that light’s infectious, that’s still glowing in your cask© Peter Gabriel – 2020livestream.com/...
What have we come to as a people?
What happened to George Floyd is beyond reprehensible. People should protest and make their voices heard. Massive looting is going on from Oakland to San Jose to Denver to Dallas to Atlanta and many places in between. I no longer have cable, but the above link seems the best to see what the hell is going on. Massive looting and vandalism….people engaging in these behaviors are very, very screwed up and many (Mostly white from what the videos show) are damaging the murder of Floyd and Justice.
In Defense of Senseless Violence
GrapesHow do you express400 years dismal oppressionWhich survived the reverseOf the slave-states secession? You can take your marchingYour signage and chantsAnd your plaintive wail,And leave me a Molotov cocktailA man knelt on sacred dirtWhite America feltOh how my heart is hurt! He gives our troops vile disrespect! He should be spanked on his bottom,And made to suck it up just like we taught 'emSince we went to Africa and got 'em. Those are our brothers and sisters we're missingWe can keep wishingIt's the same riot just another renditionWhat a noble tradition
WA-Gov: Sen. Patty Murray (D) Helps Gov. Jay Inslee (D) Get Ready To Win Re-Election
Senator Patty Murray (D. WA) in support of Governor Jay Inslee’s (D. WA) re-election campaign:Gov. Jay Inslee (D. WA)Washington Governor Jay Inslee is up for re-election this year and I’m asking you to join me in supporting his campaign. We need Governor Jay Inslee’s continued leadership in Washington state. Can you contribute $8 to his re-election campaign now? Please chip in $8 directly to Jay Inslee’s re-election campaign now to ensure he can keep leading Washington state.
No More Excuses
I’m a mama too. If I don’t ACT I’m complicit too! Thanks to her and to Reps. Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for sponsoring the fundraiser on ActBlue’s secure platform. Because I’m a mama too. How can any mama, no matter where she lives or what color her skin, turn away from the last words of George Floyd… “please… I can’t breathe….
Hummingbirds and Quail are Missing (a Covid-19 Poem)
Hummingbirds and Quail are Missing (a Covid-19 Poem)It is May 27 and something is wrongIn my tiny part of the world,I have not seen any quailSince the end of 2019. No sightings of the skittish, running birdsThat normally move in and outOf the brush and trees around the meadow,Or cross the streetsIn single file. Now I keep my distance --A simple wave of the handAnd a shouted good morningAre the extent of my interactions. I do not know whyThe hummingbirds and quail are missing,Nor did I know how muchI would missThe nearness of the crowds. ©2020 Carl Scott HarkerMy latest collection of poetry can be found on Amazon here: The Van Gogh Poems and Other Poetry
KY & CO-Sen: Sen. Jacky Rosen (D. NV) Helps These Two Dems Take Away Moscow Mitch's Majority
Senator Jacky Rosen (D. NV) in support of Amy McGrath (D. KY) and John Hickenlooper’s (D. CO) U.S. Senate campaigns:Amy McGrath (D. KY)This November, Democrats have a real shot at taking back the Senate from the GOP. Split a $5 donation to Amy McGrath, John Hickenlooper, and my campaign before the end-of-month deadline. John Hickenlooper (D. CO)Amy McGrath is taking the fight to Mitch McConnell himself in the Kentucky Senate race because people in her state and across the country need real leaders who put them first. And in Colorado, John Hickenlooper is currently ahead in the polls against the unpopular GOP incumbent -- this is a prime opportunity for turning a red seat blue in the November election. Pitch in $5 right now to stand with Amy, John, and me in the fight for the Senate.
Pandemic Observations -- May 29, US States:
Clovid-19Today the world set a new single day record of over 125,000 confirmed new Covid-19 cases as the global case total soared past the 6 million mark; and while the USA share of this disease burden has fallen from nearly 40% back in April to just 20% currently (with Brazil now starting to surpass the USA over the past several days), it may be about to reverse this trend as more and more states continue to try and reopen their economies without having come anywhere close to containing their shares of the pandemic. TN and SC had the largest percentage increases in weekly deaths due to Covid-19 this week, but only NC actually set a new record — though VA, WI, and RI came close. In terms of new cases, AL, PR, WI, VA, SC, MS, CA, and AZ all set substantially higher new weekly records. With respect to testing programs, most states continue to make good progress (except DC, which may be a reporting glitch and PR, which doesn’t seem to report any useful testing data at all), with only AL and NE still above a 10% positive threshold. US States May 23-29 Deaths 7-Day D/1M 7-Day Deaths Weekly Change Change fr Max Cases 7-Day C/1M 7-Day Cases Weekly Change Chang,e fr Max Tests %Pos USA RI MA CT NJ DC IL MD MS NY DE PA IA MN VA IN NH MI OH LA NM CO GA AZ AL NC SC WI NE CA FL SD MO ND NV ME TN AR KY WA OK WY TX UT KS PR ID VT WV OR MT HI AK 21 108 71 65 62 59 44 43 38 38 35 34 29 27 26 25 25 25 22 21 20 19 17 15 14 14 12 12 12 11 10 10 10 9 9 7 7 6 6 6 6 5 5 4 3 2 2 2 1 1 1 0 0 6,895 114 490 231 548 42 555 259 114 742 34 432 91 155 222 169 34 248 258 98 42 112 176 110 69 144 64 72 23 449 223 9 60 7 28 9 45 19 27 43 22 3 135 14 9 6 3 1 2 4 1 0 0 -25% 14% -23% -34% -34% -16% -16% -13% 11% -29% -33% -32% -6% -3% 40% -32% -24% -26% -13% -55% -14% -36% -20% -11% 19% 33% 64% 41% -18% -16% -18% 50% -40% -30% -33% 29% 80% 27% -54% -35% 0% -40% -34% -13% -36% 50% -50% 0% -75% -60% - - - -55% -7% -60% -71% -72% -51% -32% -39% -16% -92% -53% -62% -12% -7% -7% -62% -32% -76% -26% -79% -42
IAN: Do we still remember when the point of playing a game, was to Play?
For a long while, the boy and I had been looking for a game that we could both enjoy, so that we could spend some time playing together. We all share the publishing duties, and we welcome everyone who reads IAN to write diaries for the group! We even limited the game to just he and I, so we weren't risking upsetting other players. One of my common sayings to the kids has always been, "My job is to beat the game, not the players." When did we lose sight of the fact, that the point of a game, is to play?
heartbroken. outraged.
Design with George Floyd surrounded by flowers and the words “Justice for George.” Credit: @shirien.creates on Instagram. Like many Americans, I’m heartbroken and outraged this week, after George Floyd was brutally killed by racist police officers in Minneapolis, just for being Black in America. My sister in service Rep. Ilhan Omar, who represents Minneapolis, said this week: “Black lives matter isn’t just a chant—it’s a call for justice. It sends the message that Black lives do not matter to the people in power. All rooted in a devaluing of Black lives.
Backasswards: Some businesses are discriminating against people who ARE wearing masks
Although his county no longer requires residents to wear them, people in the area continue to wear masks, he told The Washington Post. You can’t live forever.”Despite arguments by some people that masks make no difference, experts and researchers have found that wearing surgical masks can reduce the spread of the coronavirus by up to 75%. But Smith isn’t alone in his thinking, as dozens of business owners are prohibiting customers from wearing masks. … If you are afraid to be within 6 feet of another person, do not enter this business!”While these businesses are requiring customers to not wear masks, New York businesses are being encouraged to do the opposite. Wearing a mask and following safety measures affects not only an individual’s own life and health, but everyone who they come in contact with.
Pentagon cites Insurrection Act of 1807 to put Military Police on alert regarding Minneapolis
Soldiers in Fort Carson, in Colorado, and Fort Riley in Kansas have been told to be ready within 24 hours. The people did not want their names used because they were not authorized to discuss the preparations. The get-ready orders were sent verbally on Friday, after President Donald Trump asked Defense Secretary Mark Esper for military options to help quell the unrest in Minneapolis after protests descended into looting and arson in some parts of the city. Trump made the request on a phone call from the Oval Office on Thursday night that included Esper, National Security Advisor Robert O’ Brien and several others. The president asked Esper for rapid deployment options if the Minneapolis protests continued to spiral out of control, according to one of the people, senior Pentagon official who was on the call.
I don't get to be proud of Mississippi very often...
One of the people who've had enough of people like Hal MarxIt’s not easy being from Mississippi a lot of the time. Okay, you may have heard about the mayor of Petal, a jackass named Hal Marx, and his beyond-idiotic recent tweet. It’s fuckin’ ignorant right-winger excuse-making for the police and general disregard for the life of a black man, the typical shit guys like Hal Marx say. But here comes the good part:The Aldermen of Petal, Mississippi (yes, Mississippi) called a special meeting calling for his resignation. Even if you aren’t into Mississippi politics, this video’s worth your time, just to see a bully get what’s coming to him.
Liberal Redneck here puts it best on the latest George Floyd developments.
Trae Crowder has an excellent summary/exploration of the recent events in Minnesota. He's got a lot of perspective missed entirely in most of the response everywhere. There’s a lot of layers of crazy swarming around these days. Sometimes it’s helpful to see some of that picked apart really well, and some of the ways they can be put in perspective. I hope we can start making at least some of this better sooner rather than later.
COVID to the Left of Me, Fascists to the Right, Here I Am, Stuck in the Middle OF HELL
One of you fuckers said, “well at least things can’t possibly get worse,” I fucking know you did. Fuck, I’m waiting for HHS to announce they’re looking to recoup costs by confiscating the fillings from COVID victims’ teeth. That this potentially lethal deception was in service to their ongoing efforts to force their constituents back into unsafe working conditions is some DARK FUCKING SHIT, not to editorialize. I mean this is some M. Night Shyamalan shit right here. You can sign up for updates, share all over the dang internet, even throw a buck in the beer jar.
Taylor Swift Tweet Reduces Trump to Hot Garbage AND Gets Out the Vote
We will vote you out in November. Swift for bringing the truth and courage to criticize someone whom surely some of her fans support. Not only that, but she ends her tweet with an implicit encouragement to VOTE in November. We should embolden and encourage more American megastars (there aren’t that many of them) to tweet or otherwise broadcast their outrage against Trump and to get people to vote. As Taylor said, we will vote Trump out in November.
Minneapolis Metro Transit Union Drivers Refuse Police to Transport George Floyd Protesters to Jail
I’m so proud of the support the community is giving the protesters and displaced community members in Minneapolis. For sure, there are people taking advantage of the chaos for their own selfish gain, but time after time the actions of the people that care make a big difference in the community. As Fred Rogers said“My mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. At one bus garage in downtown Minneapolis on Thursday evening, some workers refused to drive buses that were being dispatched to transport police officers. Even with everything else bad happening around us, there is hope.
Chicago mayor Lightfoot's response to Trump's latest tweets 'begins with F and ends with You'
After Donald Trump peeled back another layer of decaying orange face rind last night to reveal still more maggots underneath, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot apparently decided enough was enough. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2020Yeah, that’s super helpful. And I will code what I really want to say to Donald Trump. Dear F*cking Lunatic: 101 Obscenely Rude Letters to Donald Trump and its boffo sequels Dear Pr*sident A**clown: 101 More Rude Letters to Donald Trump and Dear F*cking Moron: 101 More Letters to Donald Trump by Aldous J. Pennyfarthing are now available for a song!
Merkel Declines to Die for Trump
Chancellor Merkel makes Trump cry. A little over a week ago, Trump announced he wanted to have the G7 leaders meet in person in July. Merkel rebuffs Trump invitation to G7 summit. OK, she did the diplomatic version of “shove it”:"The federal chancellor thanks President Trump for his invitation to the G7 summit at the end of June in Washington. However, earlier in the week Trump and Merkel did speak by phone on several matters, and “the two leaders had heated disagreements .
Mnuchin and DeVos Sued for Unlawful Seizure of Student Loan Borrowers' Tax Refunds During Pandemic
"Secretaries DeVos and Mnuchin have inflicted needless financial pain on student borrowers and their families by failing to stop the illegal seizures of their tax refunds," Democracy Forward senior counsel Jeffrey Dubner said in a statement. "Our class-action suit seeks to hold the administration accountable so that student borrowers can stay on their feet during this crisis." However, their federal tax refund was offset in full to pay Ms. Cole's defaulted student loans, in violation of the CARES Act. The CARES Act's reprieve from offsetting tax refunds was supposed to provide financial relief to Ms. Cole and others like her during the pandemic. "Similarly, the departments have offset, and may be continuing to offset, state tax refunds of borrowers in violation of the CARES Act," the suit says.
It’s Bigger Than Buildings. America Is Burning
And they want me to care about that burning building with not one officer in it. In 2018, Philadelphia Eagles fans tore up their city, looting, flipping cars, and starting fires after a Super Bowl win. So yeah, buildings are burning in Minneapolis. They’ll forget about the time he said this:I think America must see that riots do not develop out of thin air. And what is it that America has failed to hear?
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Mobile Phone Videos of Black People Dying are Sacred, Like Lynching Photographs
Cellphone videos of vigilante violence and fatal police encounters should be viewed like lynching photographs – with solemn reserve and careful circulation, writes Allissa Richardson. A Series of Modern LynchingsIt may be jarring to see that word – lynching – used to describe Arbery’s Feb. 23, 2020, killing. But many black people have shared with me that his death – followed in rapid succession by Breonna Taylor’s and now George Floyd’s officer-involved murders – hearkens back to a long tradition of killing black people without repercussion. Instead, cellphone videos of vigilante violence and fatal police encounters should be viewed like lynching photographs – with solemn reserve and careful circulation. Even when the organization issued a statement about the Arbery killing, it refrained from reposting the chilling video within its missive.
Amid Global Pandemic—With Nearly 363,000 Dead—Trump Terminates US Ties With the World Health Organization
President Donald Trump at a White House press conference on Friday announced he was "terminating" ties to the World Health Organization, even as the global death toll from the coronavirus pandemic nears 363,000—including the more than 100,000 dead from the virus in the United States, many attributed to his own mismanagement of the crisis. While bashing China for "having total control" over the international organization that is based in Geneva, Trump said that because of its refusal to submit to reforms demanded by the White House, "we will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization and redirecting those funds to other worldwide and deserving urgent global public health needs." Watch:#BREAKING: President Trump severing ties to WHO: "We will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization." SCROLL TO CONTINUE WITH CONTENT Never Miss a Beat. "When every single country in the world is able to work with the WHO, except for one whose president advocates treating coronavirus with bleach and UV light," Singh added, "who do you think is at fault?"
Carrying Out Trump's "When the Looting Starts, the Shooting Starts" Order Would Violate 4th Amendment, Warn Legal Experts
"But actually following a policy of 'when the looting starts, the shooting starts' would violate the Fourth Amendment, for starters." But actually following a policy of "when the looting starts, the shooting starts" would violate the 4th Amendment, for starters. https://t.co/BRWSUn8CaK pic.twitter.com/GA6dAnHwm7 — Orin Kerr (@OrinKerr) May 29, 2020 I imagine Trump at his phone trying to decide whether to advocate violating the First Amendment (punishing social media for its speech) or the Fourth Amendment (shooting looters). "Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts," Trump tweeted. As HuffPost's Sara Boboltz pointed out, Trump "did not coin the phrase 'when the looting starts, the shooting starts.'
Pressley, Omar, Bass, and Lee Introduce Resolution to Condemn Police Brutality and Demand Nationwide Reforms
"There can be no justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, or any of the human beings who have been killed by law enforcement. "There can be no justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, or any of the human beings who have been killed by law enforcement. There can be no justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, or any of the human beings who have been killed by law enforcement. "The murder of George Floyd in my district is not a one-off event. "The murder of George Floyd in my district is not a one-off event," she continued.
In Show of Solidarity, Public Transit Workers Refuse to Transport Police Units or Those Arrested at #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd Protests
Unionized public bus drivers in Minneapolis are refusing to aid police in transporting arrested protesters to jail, in a show of solidarity described as "a game-changer" for those demanding justice for George Floyd. "More than ever, we need a new civil rights movement," the union wrote in a letter posted to social media. "A civil rights movement that is joined with the labor movement... Solidarity from the Minneapolis bus drivers! Their union, ATU Local 1005, issued this solidarity statement: pic.twitter.com/OvJyTLMiuz — Minh-Ha T. Pham (@minh81) May 29, 2020>This is how we win.
25 YEARS OF CN: ‘Why US Police Are Out of Control’–Aug. 20, 2015
This is an exact copy of how the article appeared on Aug. 20, 2015. Where the U.S. saw 97 police shootings in a single month (March 2015), Australia saw 94 over the course of two decades (1992 to 2011). So there is no evidence that a street-level arms race is underway or that it is causing police to over-react. The answer is simple: absence of knowledge means an absence of control, which means that local departments behave with relative impunity. As a graduate of nearby Prairie View A&M, a historically black university, Bland knew how small-town police in rural Texas operate.
Police officer Derek Chauvin finally charged with 3rd degree murder in killing of George Floyd
Chauvin was filmed kneeling on George Floyd, a black man, while he was unarmed and handcuffed in Minneapolis on Monday. BREAKING: Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin is charged with murder in the third degree and manslaughter, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says. BREAKING – MPD Officer Derek Chauvin has been arrested in the death of #GeorgeFloyd. I am at a news conference in Minneapolis City Hall with black leaders in Minnesota and friends of George Floyd. Derek Chauvin, the police officer who murdered George Floyd, was arrested.
Trump and his man-baby fans have a warped vision of ‘free speech’
Classics of the genre of “free speech” whining: Conservative columnist Bret Stephens declared that it was an assault on “free speech” for liberals to criticize the way the New York Times portrays Nazis. Trump signed a “campus free speech” executive order surrounded by conservative activists whose main complaint was that other students and professors speak freely in ways that make them feel ashamed or uncomfortable. On Friday, the actual assault on free speech by police was crystallized further as police arrested a CNN reporter named Omar Jimenez, live and on air. Between Trump’s tantrum and the brutal suppression of free speech by police in Minneapolis, we’re getting a clear picture of how the American right really feels about free speech. So when you hear conservatives waxing poetic about “free speech” and the supposed evils of “political correctness,” know this: It’s total bullshit.
Time is running out for at-home voting in upcoming primary states
The other half of this story is that this transition has greatly strained local election officials. They must process rivers of paper: vetting voters, ballot envelopes and tallying votes. “Many states have voting laws that do not put voters first. Meanwhile, election officials in these and other states with tight timelines face nail-biting pressures surrounding the post-Election Day process. Already, there have been reports that Pennsylvania’s election officials have been overwhelmed by processing absentee ballot requests.
An ominous sign: South Korea closes 200+ schools after its worst COVID-19 spike in months
South Korea has been widely praised by health experts for keeping its coronavirus death count down by implementing a comprehensive testing plan and aggressive social distancing policies. But the BBC is reporting that that South Korea has closed down more than 200 schools following its biggest spike in COVID-19 infections in months. This development follows the reopening of South Korea’s schools and the relaxing of social distancing restrictions. Many of them, the BBC reports, were “linked to a distribution center outside” of Seoul, South Korea’s largest city,. Health officials even discovered traces of COVID-19 on workers’ shoes and clothes.”The BBC also reports that on Friday, 58 new coronavirus cases were recorded in South Korea.
Why new Infrastructure is a national imperative
Four years ago, Donald Trump pledged a $1 trillion national infrastructure program. Now, as the country struggles to rebound economically from the COVID-19 pandemic, an infrastructure campaign is more essential than ever. Upgraded roads, bridges and waterways would facilitate an expansion of commerce for years to come. The nation’s roads, bridges, harbors, electrical lines, airports and water systems also are in deplorable shape. Federal, state and local governments must rebuild roads, bridges and other assets with American labor and U.S.-made materials.
US Border Patrol Denounced as 'Rogue Agency' for Using Predator Drone to Spy on Minneapolis Protests
"The drone took off from the Air Force Base before making several hexagonal-shaped flyovers around Minneapolis, according to the data," Motherboard reported. The plane is a Predator B, a sophisticated unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)," the article says, describing a surveillance action on the U.S.-Mexico border. CBP-104 is also named in daily drone flight logs from CBP from 2012, published by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The unmanned Predator drone has left the Twin Cities. "Quick note about the predator drone from an ex-military intel source: these aircraft typically leave their ADS-B transponders off when flying missions, so they won't appear to civilian air traffic monitors," said Rose.
How a ‘notoriously stupid’ Fox News host inadvertently let slip Trump’s corrupt plan: media reporter
While legal scholars have been asserting that the order cannot withstand legal scrutiny, Media Matters’ Matt Gertz stresses that it serves a useful purpose for Trump nonetheless — and that purpose has been identified by the “notoriously stupid” Fox News host Steve Doocy. “President Donald Trump capped off a multi-day tantrum at Twitter for appending a mild fact-check to one of his false tweets by retaliating with the power of the federal government,” Gertz explains. “The executive order he signed Thursday is slapdash and incoherent, rooted in a false premise, hypocritical and potentially unconstitutional, legally unenforceable yet dangerously authoritarian, with sections that read like a Fox News screed. “The Republican political operatives he hired to run Facebook’s policy wing have carved out exemptions from the site’s rules for Trump and his media allies. Trump is making clear that it is in the interests of other social media platforms like Twitter and YouTube to adopt that same corporate strategy — and he will continue to raise the temperature until they do.”
Paul Krugman: A stronger GDP won’t help Americans if they’re dead
In his Thursday column, Krugman warns that a premature reopening could hurt the U.S. both economically and from a health standpoint. “America is now engaged in a vast, dangerous experiment,” Krugman writes. “Although social distancing has limited the spread of the coronavirus, it is far from contained. “So, why are we rushing to reopen?”When it comes to surviving the COVID-19 pandemic, Krugman writes, “rationality” has a “well-known liberal bias” — and the “magical thinking” of Trump’s administration will not change that. Unfortunately, that’s a job Trump doesn’t seem interested in doing.”
RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel repeatedly voted by mail — before suing California for expanding the practice
Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel frequently voted by mail before leading a lawsuit against California over the state’s mail voting expansion, according to voting records. McDaniel announced on Sunday that the RNC, the National Republican Congressional Committee and the California Republican Party had sued Democratic Gov. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany voted by mail 11 times in 10 years. Sending every registered voter a ballot by mail is smart policy and absolutely the right thing to do during this COVID-19 pandemic.”Some Republicans have taken issue with the attacks on mail voting, as well. It works very, very well, and it’s a very Republican state,” Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, who is McDaniel’s uncle, told reporters last week.
Why Trump’s opposition to mail-in voting may be backfiring in a key state
President Donald Trump has recently been railing against mail-in voting, baselessly claiming that it promotes and encourages voter fraud. But the GOP actually has a long history of encouraging absentee ballots: as recently as last year, Pennsylvania Republicans voted to make voting by mail easier. And now, journalist Andrew Seidman reports in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Pennsylvania GOP finds itself torn between its own promotion of mail-in ballots and wanting to follow Trump’s whims. After the new law was passed in 2019, the GOP promoted absentee voting as a convenient option. Trump has sent the message out there that he’s concerned about it as well.”Snover went on to say, “Our county kind of is a Trump county.
White House goes into lockdown as George Floyd protests in DC rage hotter: report
On Friday, CBS News reporter Weijia Jiang reported that the White House has now issued lockdown orders. The development comes as protests against the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota have spread to Washington, D.C. and crowds are growing angrier. The White House is currently under lockdown orders. https://t.co/LasnCIjkum — Weijia Jiang (@weijia) May 29, 2020The protests have been raging for three straight days, and were exacerbated on Thursday after the Hennepin County Attorney said there was evidence that weighed against charges. After a night of riots, the attorney has moved to charge the main officer with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
Trump’s baffling and cowardly press conference reveals a president completely unable to lead
When the White House announced President Donald Trump would hold a press conference in the Rose Garden on Friday, many political reporters held on to their seats. Meanwhile, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage in the United States; more than 1,200 people died from the disease on Thursday in the United States, according to Worldometer, and 22,000 more cases were discovered. Trump’s chosen scapegoat for the pandemic and the more than 100,000 American deaths that occurred on his watch. While there’s fair criticism to be made of WHO’s deference to China, Trump’s proposed solution, which he has floated previously, does nothing to solve the problem. And as Alex Ward of Vox pointed out, it’s not even clear if Trump has the authority to withdraw the United States.
Arrest report for officer charged with George Floyd’s murder has a damning new piece of evidence
From the arrest report:8:25:31 the video appears to show Mr. Floyd ceasing to breathe or speak. An ambulance and emergency medical personnel arrived, the officers placed Mr. Floyd on a gurney, and the ambulance left the scene. The Star Tribune reports that George Floyd “showed no signs of life” from the time that EMS arrived. Firefighters went into the ambulance to find EMS working on giving Floyd CPR. “I’ve got a red medical, we’ll be there in approximately six minutes,” a medic relayed, according to emergency dispatch audio.
Boris Johnson’s new role: Weight-watcher in chief
There are also suggestions of a broader public health agenda emerging in government. As for the wider public health agenda, a policy blueprint, the Prevention Green Paper, was published by the outgoing May administration in July last year. A truly impactful approach will need to be far-reaching, said Jeanelle De Gruchy, president of the Association of Directors of Public Health, with "significant long term investment in a healthy built environment, green spaces, early years support, education and public health services." That means more money for local councils that have struggled to protect public health with diminishing government funding under Johnson’s Conservative predecessors since 2010. “Boris Johnson said himself that ‘public health was the highest law’ and we need to see this reflected in decision-making going forward," she said.
Louisville Cop Fires Pepper Pellets At TV Journalist During Live Broadcast
A Kentucky police officer was filmed calmly squeezing off pepper pellets at a TV news reporter in the middle of a live broadcast on protests in downtown Louisville Friday night over recent killings during police actions there and in Minneapolis. Rubber bullets! “It’s OK, it’s OK. It’s those pepper bullets,” Rust responded. Pepper balls contain chemicals similar to pepper spray and are shot in pellets. A police spokesperson confirmed that Rust had likely been struck by pepper balls because the department doesn’t use rubber bullets, WAVE 3 reported.
Oakland protesters see George Floyd killing in local context
Jake Ward, NBC News correspondent, reports live from protests in Oakland, California where the killing of George Floyd at the hands of police resonated with the fatal police shooting of Oscar Grant in 2009.
Protesters clash with police in cities nationwide over George Floyd's death
MSNBC Correspondent Morgan Chesky joins from Minneapolis where protesters are defying a citywide curfew to continue protesting the fatal arrest of George Floyd as similar protests break out in cities across America.
Supreme Court Rejects Challenge To Limits On Church Services During Pandemic
WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court on Friday rejected an emergency appeal by a California church that challenged state limits on attendance at worship services that have been imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus. The church argued that limits on how many people can attend their services violate constitutional guarantees of religious freedom and had been seeking an order in time for services on Sunday. The church said it has crowds of 200 to 300 people for its services. The court also rejected an appeal from two churches in the Chicago area that objected to Gov. Before the court acted, Pritzker modified the restrictions to allow for up to 100 people at a time.
Supreme Court rejects challenge to limits on church services
Supreme Court rejects challenge to limits on church services WASHINGTON — A divided Supreme Court on Friday rejected an emergency appeal by a California church that challenged state limits on attendance at worship services that have been imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus. The church argued that limits on how many people can attend their services violate constitutional guarantees of religious freedom and had been seeking an order in time for services on Sunday. The church said it has crowds of 200 to 300 people for its services. It shows the person went to Backwater Jack's twice on Saturday, another pool that day, and a Buffalo Wild Wings on Sunday. Camden County is the county where the bar is located, and Boone County where the person lives is north of Lake of the Ozarks.
Prime Minister Modi is a year into his second term. He's still the only game in town for India
Hide Caption 11 of 27 Photos: Trump's visit to India The Trumps tour the grounds of the Taj Mahal. Hide Caption 13 of 27 Photos: Trump's visit to India Student activists in Kolkata, India, carry a banner as they protest Trump's visit. Hide Caption 15 of 27 Photos: Trump's visit to India Trump speaks during the "Namaste Trump" rally on Monday. Hide Caption 24 of 27 Photos: Trump's visit to India Modi accompanies Trump after the President landed in Ahmedabad on Monday. Hide Caption 25 of 27 Photos: Trump's visit to India Modi embraces Trump upon his arrival.
Supreme Court rejects challenge to coronavirus limits on church services
WASHINGTON — A divided Supreme Court on Friday rejected an emergency appeal by a California church that challenged state limits on attendance at worship services that have been imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus. The church argued that limits on how many people can attend their services violate constitutional guarantees of religious freedom and had been seeking an order in time for services on Sunday. The church said it has crowds of 200 to 300 people for its services. Jay Pritzker’s limit of 10 worshipers at religious services. Before the court acted, Pritzker modified the restrictions to allow for up to 100 people at a time.
'A building can be rebuilt but a human life cannot': Minneapolis business owner
Ruhel Islam and his daughter Hafsa talk with Joy Reid about their support for protests calling for justice for the killing of George Floyd at the hands of police, even as those protests have led to the burning of the family restaurant.
Phoenix sees protests over local and national police killings
Phoenix sees protests over local and national police killings Phoenix saw more protests on Friday as demonstrators took to the streets to protest the killings of George Floyd and Arizona resident Dion Johnson, a black man who was shot and killed by an Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper on Monday. Protesters marched to the Phoenix police headquarters and were met by calls from police to disperse when they arrived. Phoenix PD fired tear gas into the crowd and used flash bangs to try to disperse the protestors, according to NBC Phoenix affiliate KPNX. Share this -Protesters block traffic near the Colorado Capitol People block traffic near the Colorado State Capitol during a protest demanding justice in the death of George Floyd in Denver on May 29, 2020. Michael Ciaglo / Getty Images Share this -
Oakland police declare protest unlawful after officers injured
Protesters block traffic near the Colorado Capitol People block traffic near the Colorado State Capitol during a protest demanding justice in the death of George Floyd in Denver on May 29, 2020. Michael Ciaglo / Getty Images Share this -Phoenix sees protests over local and national police killings Phoenix saw more protests on Friday as demonstrators took to the streets to protest the killings of George Floyd and Arizona resident Dion Johnson, a black man who was shot and killed by an Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper on Monday. Protesters marched to the Phoenix police headquarters and were met by calls from police to disperse when they arrived. Phoenix PD fired tear gas into the crowd and used flash bangs to try to disperse the protestors, according to NBC Phoenix affiliate KPNX. Share this -
Protesters torch post office, gas station in Minneapolis
Protesters torch post office, gas station in MinneapolisProtesters in Minneapolis lit fires at a Shell gas station, Wells Fargo Bank and a U.S. Post Office building Friday night as thousands of people swarmed the city despite a curfew. NBC affiliate KARE 11 News tweeted photos and videos of the fires, plus images of law enforcement officers marching in formation towards a police precinct. BREAKING: The Post Office at 35W & 31st in South Minneapolis has been set ablaze @KARE11 pic.twitter.com/FJmiQJkLtH — Dave Peterlinz (@DPet_KARE11News) May 30, 2020The unrest dissolved another night of looting, jumping in front of cars and starting fires throughout the city. "All of our hearts are breaking that this is happening in our state," said KARE anchor Julie Nelson.
Minnesota gov. calls early morning news conference
calls early morning news conference I will address Minnesotans and the media at 1:30am for an update on the situation in the Twin Cities. Protesters marched to the Phoenix police headquarters and were met by calls from police to disperse when they arrived. Share this -Police use tear gas to push Oakland protesters back Tear gas pushing protesters back. pic.twitter.com/yNKyDuUzt0 — Jacob Ward (@byjacobward) May 30, 2020 Share this -Governor says Minnesota National Guard on the ground The Minnesota National Guard, State Patrol, and local police are on the ground responding to incidents in Mpls-St. Paul. Brian Kemp announced early Saturday morning that he has declared a state of emergency in Fulton County, home to Atlanta, because of protests rocking the city.
Inseparable twin sisters start nursing career together at same hospital during pandemic
(CNN) When Lauren and Lacie Brown graduated from nursing school, neither of them thought they'd be walking right into the front lines of a pandemic. "When the pandemic hit, it changed the whole atmosphere," said Lauren Brown. The twin sisters work together in the ICU at INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center in Oklahoma City. The 21-year-old fraternal twins graduated from Oklahoma City Community College in December. They quickly landed jobs, with the sisters now working together in the ICU at INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center in Oklahoma City, treating critically ill and Covid-19 patients.
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Supreme Court, in rare late-night ruling, says California may enforce certain restrictions on religious gatherings
“California’s latest safety guidelines discriminate against places of worship and in favor of comparable secular businesses,” wrote Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh. ADReligious organizations eager to reopen faster and with fewer pandemic-related restrictions have been asking courts to step in, but this was the first case to reach the Supreme Court. ADIn a separate, less-controversial case from Illinois, the court without noted dissent turned down a request from churches near Chicago. Since South Bay Pentecostal Church near San Diego and Elim Romanian Pentecostal Church and Logos Baptist Ministries near Chicago filed their petitions, the governors of California and Illinois have eased restrictions. ADLimits on houses of worship raise constitutional questions, Roberts said, but California had not shown bias against them.
Brian Williams: This is the definition of a tough time in America
MSNBC's Brian Williams reacts to the protests and clashes with police breaking out coast to coast in the wake of the fatal arrest of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Demings rips Trump for failure to rise to help nation in crisis
Rep. Val Demings talks with Rachel Maddow about the challenge of allowing people to demonstrate their frustration while maintaining public safety, and accuses Donald Trump of bringing gasoline to a nation on fire instead of rising to the occasion as his office requires.
Biden on death of George Floyd, protests: ‘The words of a president matter’
Joy Reid says Joe Biden’s experiences with personal loss allow him to empathizes with others and powerfully “speak to us in times of pain.” She tells Lawrence O’Donnell that Donald Trump is not an empathetic man, “so he can’t evince what he doesn’t have.”
George Floyd killing set back covenant of trust in police 'years': St. Paul mayor
Mayor Melvin Carter of St. Paul, Minnesota, talks with Rachel Maddow about hopes that the arrest and charges against the officer who kneeled on George Floyd's neck, killing him, will ease some of the anger of protesters in the street, and how the episode has set back efforts to build trust in police.
White House protests continue into the night
Protests over the death of George Floyd have continued throughout the day near the White House. NBC 4's Shomari Stone reports.
DeRay McKesson: Not even COVID stopped police killings in the U.S.
Activist, organizer, and author DeRay McKesson reacts to the nationwide protests that continue in the wake of the fatal arrest of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
In the tragedy of George Floyd’s death, there is a hero
Lawrence O’Donnell says the full truth of George Floyd’s death can only be told thanks to the heroism of a 17-year old who recorded the actions of the officers for the world to see.
Review: HBO's 'I May Destroy You' Is Explosive
Some cop shows cycle through a different wounded party, living or dead, in each episode. Who these victims, most of them women, were before the attack and who they’ll become in its wake are footnotes. If it is indeed easy to forget that rape survivors can contain multitudes, then HBO’s I May Destroy You, premiering on June 7, will make you remember. Back home, she plans to pull an all-nighter and finish it but succumbs to the siren song of her drinking buddies. This degree of complexity would’ve been enough to distinguish the show from hundreds of earlier representations of sexual misconduct.
Louisville demonstrators help clean up protest area
One Los Angeles police officer was hurt around 7:30 p.m. and taken to a hospital, an LAPD spokesman said. At least one police officer was injured Friday night as protests erupted and tear gas was fired in downtown Dallas, officials said. Protesters marched on Dallas Police Department headquarters in downtown and officers fired their first rounds of tear gas at about 9:30 p.m., NBC Dallas reported. Gathering for hours in Lafayette Square, a public park across a closed street from the White House, demonstrators chanted and threw objects across a security line. The sound of helicopters flying overhead could be heard through the heart of the city periodically for several hours Friday night.
Governor says Minnesota National Guard on the ground
SEE NEW POSTSGovernor says Minnesota National Guard on the ground The Minnesota National Guard, State Patrol, and local police are on the ground responding to incidents in Mpls-St. Paul. Kemp said the issue comes “at the request” of Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, and that it will activate up to 500 members of the Georgia National Guard “to protect people and property in Atlanta.” The governor said the National Guard will deploy to Atlanta immediately. Don't hit my folks, OK? At least one police officer was injured Friday night as protests erupted and tear gas was fired in downtown Dallas, officials said. As Floyd was on the ground with the knee on his neck, he said that he could not breathe.
Wife of officer charged with murder of George Floyd announces she's divorcing him
Kellie Chauvin, the wife of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, said she is filing for divorce. In a statement issued by her attorney, Kellie Chauvin said she is devastated by the killing of 46-year-old George Floyd, who died earlier this week while in police custody. Former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin. It was not immediately clear how long they had been married or if Kellie Chauvin filed for divorce as a result of this week's incident. Kellie Chauvin was born in Laos in 1974 during a time of war.
Los Angeles police declare 'unlawful assembly' after violence
SEE NEW POSTSLos Angeles police declare 'unlawful assembly' after violence Police in Los Angeles declared an "unlawful assembly" downtown Friday night after a day of protests in which one officer was injured, authorities said. One Los Angeles police officer was hurt around 7:30 p.m. and taken to a hospital, an LAPD spokesman said. At least one police officer was injured Friday night as protests erupted and tear gas was fired in downtown Dallas, officials said. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms pleaded for peace: "What I see happening on the streets of Atlanta is not Atlanta. This is not a protest, This is not in the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr." A very tough night for downtown Atlanta.
Atlanta mayor to vandalizing protesters: 'This is not a protest ... this is chaos'
(CNN) Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Friday evening denounced vandalism in her city as "chaos" after demonstrations over the death of George Floyd while in in the custody of Minneapolis police turned violent. "What I see happening on the streets of Atlanta is not Atlanta. This is chaos," an impassioned Lance Bottoms said at a news conference. ET, protesters began moving toward the front of the CNN Center, where police had gathered. Later, protesters could be seen damaging CNN Center in downtown Atlanta, which is sandwiched between Philips Arena and Centennial Park.
A guide to how you can support marginalized communities
This is by no means an exhaustive list, but here are some ways that you can support marginalized communities. Don't lean too heavily on people of color or other marginalized groups to be your "experts." when another police encounter turns deadly can come across as tone-deaf to communities who have long been dealing with entrenched systems of oppression, Ariel writes . Educate your friends and family about how systems of oppression affect marginalized groups. March alongside people from marginalized groups in protests and demonstrations.
Gov. Tim Walz of Minnesota takes control after days of chaos following George Floyd killing
Caravans of protesters on foot and in cars ignored local curfews, with some gathering in areas unpatrolled by police or National Guard members. Walz and Trump spoke by phone Thursday night, after Walz had dispatched hundreds of National Guard soldiers to Minneapolis and the surrounding areas. Walz has faced criticism for failing to deploy the state's National Guard and use emergency powers sooner. Walz said there is "no trust" in Minneapolis police -- but that the National Guard had been sent in to help. Walz was also forced to explain Friday why early in the morning, state police had arrested CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez and his team covering the protests.
All The Good Stuff that happened this week
Sometimes people think being a happy or positive person means being a happy and positive person all the time. So, when you're sad; for yourself, for the world, or for no particular reason at all, don't lock it away. Talk it out, write it out, dance it out, sing it out, yell it out, cry it out or, if worse comes to worse, just wait it out. If there's something you'd like to see here, updating text blocks, shoot us an email. Know someone who could use a little Good Stuff?
Live updates: George Floyd protests spread nationwide
Ramsey County Sheriff's OfficeBail for ex-Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin has been set at $500,000, according to the criminal complaint filed in the 4th Judicial District Court of Minnesota. According to the document, there have been no conditions set for his release. The document doesn't indicate that Chauvin is out on bail, but it does say that if he does bond out, bail is set for $500,000. The order of detention box is not checked because Chauvin was not ordered detained or remanded.
Miss Manners: Stop interrupting me!
Dear Miss Manners: My partner, my sister and my best friend all seem to think it's okay to interrupt me when I'm saying something. Miss Manners is hopeful that this mindfulness will carry over but will not hold her breath. In a culture of counting “likes” as a measure of popularity, Miss Manners warns, a funeral is not the place to tally up. New Miss Manners columns are posted Monday through Saturday on washingtonpost.com/advice. You can send questions to Miss Manners at her website, missmanners.com.
Carolyn Hax: She didn’t like the watch he gave her. Now he’s ticked.
The free watch is what is called a "fashion watch" — large face, wide band, raised decorative features around the face. I don't wear jewelry, my go-to watch is a practical Timex. : You know you’re not, right? In that case, maybe you just need to own it: “I’m ungrateful, you’re stubborn, good thing we have each other. The details change from case to case and person to person, but the idea is the same.
Ask Amy: Handyman’s attitude isn’t much of a fix
Dear Amy: For several years now, my husband and I (senior citizens), have allowed a handyman to perform repairs around our house and business. Amy, my husband is a pushover and will just go on as though nothing happened. Dear Amy: My husband didn't smoke when we married. I ask him if he's smoking that he at least go out on the porch. Dear Amy: You nailed it in the last paragraph of your response to "Not Trying to be a B."
Supreme Court, in rare late-night ruling, says California may enforce certain restrictions on religious gatherings
“California’s latest safety guidelines discriminate against places of worship and in favor of comparable secular businesses,” wrote Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh. ADReligious organizations eager to reopen faster and with fewer pandemic-related restrictions have been asking courts to step in, but this was the first case to reach the Supreme Court. ADIn a separate, less-controversial case from Illinois, the court without noted dissent turned down a request from churches near Chicago. Since South Bay Pentecostal Church near San Diego and Elim Romanian Pentecostal Church and Logos Baptist Ministries near Chicago filed their petitions, the governors of California and Illinois have eased restrictions. ADLimits on houses of worship raise constitutional questions, Roberts said, but California had not shown bias against them.
Ex-Officer Charged in Death of George Floyd in Minneapolis
Some experts denounced the decision to evacuate the Third Precinct rather than secure it. “The police precinct is iconic and representative of the community itself,” said Rich Stanek, a 24-year veteran of the Minneapolis police force who also served as sheriff of Hennepin County from 2006 to 2019, running on the Republican ticket. Losing it could be compared to losing your flag in war, or letting foreign marauders seize an embassy, he said, adding: “They burned it, they looted it, they made a spectacle of it. It was disheartening.”
Coronavirus Live Updates: As U.S. Cities Ease Restrictions, Other Nations Backslide
China has total control over the World Health Organization despite only paying $40 million per year compared to what the United States has been paying, which is approximately $450 million a year. Chinese officials ignored their reporting obligations to the World Health Organization and pressured the World Health Organization to mislead the world when the virus was first discovered by Chinese authorities. Countless lives have been taken and profound economic hardship has been inflicted all around the globe. We will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization, and redirecting those funds to other worldwide and deserving urgent global public health needs. The world needs answers from China on the virus.
Atlanta Protesters Clash With Police as Mayor Warns ‘You Are Disgracing Our City’
“It’s enough,” Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said in an evening news conference. This hurts everybody in this room. But what are you changing by tearing up a city? You’ve lost all credibility now. This is not how we change the world.”
Protests Flare in Brooklyn Over Floyd Death as de Blasio Appeals for Calm
Protesters outside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Friday. “People need to be held accountable for what goes on,” one demonstrator said. Credit... Gabriela Bhaskar for The New York Times
Police in riot gear in Minneapolis
SEE NEW POSTSPolice in riot gear in Minneapolis Police officers secure the area during a protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of African-American man George Floyd, in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 29, 2020. De Blasio's dire tweet came not long after an NYPD van was torched by protesters, decrying the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. UPDATE: Dumpsters on fire, windows smashed in downtown San Jose as protest over death of George Floyd continues. st — Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) May 30, 2020 Share this -Booking photo of former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin released Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was arrested Friday and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. Former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin.
Protests are ‘the final expression of outrage’
Harvard professor Orlando Patterson talks to Lawrence O’Donnell about the “collective outrage” being expressed across the country in the wake of the fatal arrest of George Floyd.
Police in Louisville fire pepper bullets at press during chaotic protest
A local reporter in Louisville, Kentucky, was hit with pepper bullets fired by law enforcement during chaotic protests after the deaths of Breonna Taylor there and George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Protests persist after arrest of officer involved in George Floyd killing
MSNBC Ali Velshi joins from Minneapolis where a fourth night of protests has broken out after the fatal arrest of George Floyd who died after a now fired and arrested officer knelt on his neck.
Protesters rally near White House
De Blasio's dire tweet came not long after an NYPD van was torched by protesters, decrying the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. In Brooklyn, protesters were forced back at a stationhouse but set an empty police van on fire. UPDATE: Dumpsters on fire, windows smashed in downtown San Jose as protest over death of George Floyd continues. pic.twitter.com/Za56Kc714y — Myles N. Miller (@MylesMill) May 30, 2020 Share this -Houston mayor urges crowd to go home In Houston, where George Floyd grew up, several thousand people rallied in front of City Hall. st — Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) May 30, 2020 Share this -
Beyoncé: We need justice for George Floyd
De Blasio's dire tweet came not long after an NYPD van was torched by protesters, decrying the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. UPDATE: Dumpsters on fire, windows smashed in downtown San Jose as protest over death of George Floyd continues. Myles N. Miller / NBC New York A New York Police Department van was set ablaze in Brooklyn on Friday night as protests, decrying the death of George Floyd, sprung up across the city. pic.twitter.com/Za56Kc714y — Myles N. Miller (@MylesMill) May 30, 2020 Share this -Houston mayor urges crowd to go home In Houston, where George Floyd grew up, several thousand people rallied in front of City Hall. Former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin.
Protesters gather outside White House
SEE NEW POSTSProtesters gather outside White House WASHINGTON — The nationwide protests over the killing of George Floyd reached close to the doorstep of the White House Friday night, as demonstrators tussled with Secret Service and other law enforcement officers in riot gear over metal barricades. De Blasio's dire tweet came not long after an NYPD van was torched by protesters, decrying the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Share this -Protesters break windows, set trash fires in San Jose, California A protester confronts San Jose police as they advance, in San Jose, Calif. on May 29, 2020. UPDATE: Dumpsters on fire, windows smashed in downtown San Jose as protest over death of George Floyd continues. UPDATE: At least one officer has been injured during the ongoing protest in downtown San Jose.
Louisville, Kentucky, sees second night of protests
Louisville, Kentucky, sees second night of protestsDemonstrations erupted for a second night on Friday in Louisville, Kentucky, where residents protested the death of Breonna Taylor and seven people were shot in a similar protest on Thursday. Her death, and the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, sparked protests in the Southern city as people demanded change and justice. Hundreds filled the streets in Louisville again on Friday and were met with a heavy police presence. Kentucky state Rep. Attica Scott wrote on Twitter that has tear-gassed by Louisville police while protesting. This was after we were never asked to disperse,” Scott wrote.
As Trump rages, state officials quietly press forward with vote by mail
Instead, most state officials are ignoring partisanship and quietly laying the groundwork for an effective, mail-heavy election, including in those states led by Republicans. At the beginning of the year, states were divided on voting by mail. While no Republican state election chief has publicly and directly contradicted Trump, some have reaffirmed their support for voting by mail, like Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in a press release the same day Trump tweeted about Benson. Some state election officials object to congressional Democrats who want to give every American the permanent right to vote by mail if they choose, forcing states that don’t normally allow no-excuse absentee ballots to do so. That’s the mindset state election officials in general are bringing to the job, Benson said.
Pangolins may have incubated the novel coronavirus, gene study shows
(CNN) A deep dive into the genetics of the novel coronavirus shows it seems to have spent some time infecting both bats and pangolins before it jumped into humans, researchers said Friday. What is clear is that the coronavirus has swapped genes repeatedly with similar strains infecting bats, pangolins and a possible third species, a team of researchers from Duke University, Los Alamos National Laboratory and elsewhere reported in the journal Science Advances. A white-bellied pangolin rescued from local animal traffickers at the Uganda Wildlife Authority office in Kampala, Uganda, on April 9, 2020. What's also clear is that people need to reduce contact with wild animals that can transmit new infections, the researchers concluded. The team analyzed 43 complete genomes from three strains of coronaviruses that infect bats and pangolins and that resemble the new Covid-19 virus.
College Football Hall of Fame Damaged in Protests After Death of George Floyd
David J. Phillip/Associated PressThe College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta was damaged Friday night during protests over the death of George Floyd. The front windows were smashed, and some protesters were seen taking items from the building, according to Eric Stirgus of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.
DOJ backs lawsuit against Michigan governor's stay-at-home measures
(CNN) The Justice Department said in a court statement Friday evening that it was supporting the seven businesses that had filed a lawsuit challenging Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's executive orders related to the novel coronavirus pandemic. In a statement of interest in the case, the department called the Democratic governor's coronavirus executive orders for her state, which has been hit hard by the pandemic, "arbitrary" and "irrational." The lawsuit the Justice Department is supporting claims Whitmer's orders discriminate against the seven businesses, which include a real estate brokerage and a lawn and property maintenance company. The suit is just one of multiple challenges to Whitmer's orders.
Person who attended Lake of the Ozarks Memorial Day gathering tests positive for coronavirus
(CNN) A person who partied in the Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, area on Memorial Day weekend has tested positive for coronavirus -- and was possibly infectious over the holiday weekend. The Boone County resident visited multiple bars on May 24 and 25, according to the Camden County Health Department. Video from that weekend shows partiers crowded together in a pool at Backwater Jacks Bar and Grill in Osage Beach on Saturday, according to Scott Pasmore, an anchor for CNN affiliate KTVK, who shot the footage. No covid concerns at the lake of the ozarks? #loto pic.twitter.com/Yrb4UNM64u — Scott Pasmore (@scottpasmoretv) May 24, 2020The partier went to Backwater Jacks between approximately 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. local time and again shortly before 10 p.m. local, according to health officials. The person -- who was not identified by officials -- also went to Shady Gators and Lazy Gators and Buffalo Wild Wings, officials said.
Social Security puts you in better shape for retirement than you may think
To put it another way, the inflation adjustment accounts for about a quarter of the value of your Social Security retirement benefits. These assumptions are included in the Social Security trustees’ recent annual report. That’s just the example that Social Security and I decided to use. ADADI’m also not assigning any value to the favorable tax treatment that Social Security retirement benefits get. For today, all I want to do is give you an idea of how to include the value of Social Security retirement benefits—especially the inflation adjustment— when you do your retirement math.
Interior Department official misused his position for personal gain, federal watchdog says
“Please be aware [the family member] is actually applying for a job at EPA,” Domenech said, according to the investigation. I did not set this up.”ADThe next morning, Domenech — who was nominated to his position by President Trump — sent the senior EPA official an email from his Interior Department email account. Interior said Domenech’s offense occurred before the department launched an effort to build “a culture of ethical compliance” by expanding its ethics department, said a spokesman, Nicholas Goodwin. ADBut that doesn’t address the fact that Domenech had received ethics training before the concert, the lawmakers said. “Yes,” said a reply the next day, the agency was preparing to hire several people and Domenech’s son-in-law was one of them.
George Floyd Updates: Minneapolis Is Under Curfew as Protests Continue Nationwide
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is in custody. Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been charged by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office with murder and with manslaughter. I didn’t want to wait any longer to share the news that he’s in custody and has been charged with murder. We have evidence, we have the citizen’s camera’s video that — the horrible, horrific, terrible thing we’ve all seen over and over again. So we felt in our professional judgment it was time to charge and we have so done.
‘Facing the Darkest Hour’: Hong Kong’s Protest Movement in Crisis
“It’s the beginning of the end,” said Michael Mo, a protest organizer and local official. The Chinese government’s plan to impose security laws on Hong Kong that could curtail the city’s civil liberties has left the freewheeling and decentralized opposition movement seeking not only a next move, but a new vision.
Trump's Decision to Leave the W.H.O. Will Benefit China - The New York Times
Responses have come from all corners of the globe — from Hungary to East Timor to Thailand, with many echoing our concerns. Some countries, like Australia, said they share concerns across three key areas: the timing in declaring the Public Health Emergency of International Concern; the W.H.O.’s criticism of countries, such as the U.S. and Australia, that adopted early travel restrictions; and the need for the W.H.O. (and other relevant United Nation agencies) to take stronger stances on regulating wildlife wet markets across the globe. Overall, ambassadors have made it clear their nations agree with us and are concerned. We have yet to hear from any country that denies these issues outrightly.
11 Things To Do Besides Say 'This Has To Stop' In The Wake Of Police Brutality
Let’s face it: We’ve become depressingly rote in our response to police violence against the Black community. Below, Black community activists and their allies share how to turn your empathy into action in the wake of police brutality. Sometimes, we say nothing at all, not wanting to rock the boat or be judged as “too political” on social media. If a Black person gives you critical feedback on anything like this, see it as a positive, not a penalty, Perkal said. (Yes, the bigotry many minority groups face is unacceptable, but no group in America faces the same multifaceted discrimination as the Black community.)
In A Bone To Evangelicals, CDC Drops Warning About COVID-19 Risks In Choirs
The warning was omitted even though choirs can become “super-spreader” events infecting large groups of people at once. Nearly all 61 members of a choir in Washington state became infected with COVID-19 after a single rehearsal in March, a CDC study found. The CDC just last Friday issued safety guidelines for restarting religious services. “As a public health official, I would strongly encourage that religious services continue to happen remotely or in cars,” she wrote in an email. A CDC study last week revealed that COVID-19 cases first contracted by a pastor and his wife ended up spreading to 35 others who attended events at their rural Arkansas church.
Minneapolis police chief faces new test after George Floyd death
The Minneapolis police chief thrust into the spotlight by the George Floyd killing was promoted to his post after another racially charged death that involved an officer — the fatal shooting of Justine Ruszczyk Damond. Former Minneapolis Police officer Mohamed Noor arrives with his lawyers for the beginning of his trial last year in Minneapolis. “I am 100 percent sure some of those protesters would be dead if anybody else was running the police department,” Williams said. “He took the right first step when he fired the police officers and he’s been visible at press conferences. Williams said she got to know the chief after the 2015 police shooting of Jamar Clark, a 24-year-old black man whose death sparked street protests.
After Trump's posts about looters, Zuckerberg says he's 'struggling' but leaving them up
SEE NEW POSTSAfter Trump's posts about looters, Zuckerberg says he's 'struggling' but leaving them up Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Friday he wasn’t going to take down President Donald Trump’s posts about shooting alleged looters in Minneapolis nor put a warning on them as Twitter did, but he acknowledged he had been "struggling all day" with how to respond. Share this -Atlanta mayor: 'We are better than this' Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms delivered an impassioned address to protesters Friday, urging them not to burn down a city with a deep legacy of African American achievement. Share this -CNN headquarters in Atlanta defaced by protestors Protestors damaged windows outside CNN's headquarters in Atlanta on Friday and spray painted a company sign. Atlanta was one of many U.S. cities where large protests have broken out over the killing of George Floyd. Early Thursday morning, they learned their eatery had burned down as protesters took to the streets over the arrest and killing of George Floyd.
George Floyd's death and civil unrest thrust Jacob Frey into spotlight
George Floyd deserves, justice, his family deserves justice, the black community deserves justice and our city deserves justice." A civil rights lawyer, Frey called for weeding out biased cops while expanding community based policing. He's the city's second Jewish mayor and, then 36 years old, the second youngest to be elected mayor. “While there is no legal mechanism to prevent the president from visiting, his message of hatred will never be welcome in Minneapolis,” Frey said then. CORRECTION (May 29, 2020, 8:05 p.m.): An earlier version of this article misstated the year when Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey was elected.
Houston mayor urges crowd to go home
SEE NEW POSTSHouston mayor urges crowd to go home In Houston, where George Floyd grew up, several thousand people rallied in front of City Hall. Share this -Atlanta mayor: 'We are better than this' Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms delivered an impassioned address to protesters Friday, urging them not to burn down a city with a deep legacy of African American achievement. Share this -CNN headquarters in Atlanta defaced by protestors Protestors damaged windows outside CNN's headquarters in Atlanta on Friday and spray painted a company sign. Atlanta was one of many U.S. cities where large protests have broken out over the killing of George Floyd. Early Thursday morning, they learned their eatery had burned down as protesters took to the streets over the arrest and killing of George Floyd.
Tension escalates into violence in fiery Atlanta rally
An Atlanta Police car burns as people protest in Atlanta, Georgia on May 29, 2020. Dustin Chambers / ReutersSome used barricades to break police vehicle windshields and jumped from car to car. At least nine police vehicles were damaged during a demonstration there, according to NBC affiliate WXIA. Hundreds of people marched on the Las Vegas Strip and chanted, “No justice, no peace!” and “Black lives matter," NBC affiliate KSNV reported. In Charlotte, North Carolina, scheduled to host the Republican National Convention in August, multiple arrests have been made amid demonstrations, NBC affiliate WCNC reported.
Booking photo of former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin released
SEE NEW POSTSBooking photo of former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin released Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was arrested Friday and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. Former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin. Share this -CNN headquarters in Atlanta defaced by protestors Protestors damaged windows outside CNN's headquarters in Atlanta on Friday and spray painted a company sign. Atlanta was one of many U.S. cities where large protests have broken out over the killing of George Floyd. Early Thursday morning, they learned their eatery had burned down as protesters took to the streets over the arrest and killing of George Floyd.
Protesters torch NYPD van in Brooklyn
SEE NEW POSTSProtesters torch NYPD van in Brooklyn A New York Police Department van was set ablaze in Brooklyn on Friday night as protests, decrying the death of George Floyd, sprung up across the city. NYPD van ablaze are Dekalb and Fort Greene Place, video provided by a law enforcement source. Share this -CNN headquarters in Atlanta defaced by protestors Protestors damaged windows outside CNN's headquarters in Atlanta on Friday and spray painted a company sign. Atlanta was one of many U.S. cities where large protests have broken out over the killing of George Floyd. Early Thursday morning, they learned their eatery had burned down as protesters took to the streets over the arrest and killing of George Floyd.
One in 10 Covid-19 patients with diabetes die within a week, study finds
Most -- 89% -- had Type 2 diabetes; 3% had Type 1 diabetes; and the rest had other forms of the disease. A majority of the patients were men and the average age of all the patients in the study was 70. By day seven of the study, 29% of the patients were either on a ventilator or had died. Patients with diabetic complications were more than twice as likely to die within a week, the researchers concluded. They also found that patients 75 years and older were 14 times more likely to die than patients under 55; and patients 65 to 74 years old were three times more likely to die than those under 55.
What protesters say is fueling their anger
(CNN) As protesters gather in cities like Minneapolis, Atlanta, Charlotte and other cities across the US, frustration continues to grow over the death of George Floyd. "There needs to be change, officers need to be trained better," one protester who was arrested in Atlanta told CNN's Nick Valencia as he was being detained by police. A lack of change and police reform are just some of the reasons people are enraged. Here what some of them had to say:Leslie Redmond, president of Minneapolis NAACPRead More
Vietnam: How this country of 95 million kept its coronavirus death toll at zero
(CNN) When the world looked to Asia for successful examples in handling the novel coronavirus outbreak, much attention and plaudits were paid to South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Acting earlyVietnam started preparing for a coronavirus outbreak weeks before its first case was detected. On January 23, Vietnam confirmed its first two coronavirus cases -- a Chinese national living in Vietnam and his father, who had traveled from Wuhan to visit his son. On February 1, Vietnam declared a national epidemic -- with just six confirmed cases recorded across the country. On February 12, it locked down an entire rural community of 10,000 people north of Hanoi for 20 days over seven coronavirus cases -- the first large-scale lockdown known outside China.
NC governor: Trump insisted on convention with no face masks or social distancing
Washington (CNN) President Donald Trump called Democratic North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Friday and insisted on a full Republican convention this summer with no face masks or social distancing, according to a spokesperson for the governor. When the President insisted on a full convention arena with no face coverings and no social distancing the Governor expressed concerns and suggested a scaled back event with fewer attendees," said Sadie Weiner, a spokeswoman for the governor, in a statement. The call comes days after Trump threatened to pull the convention from Charlotte and railed against Cooper. CNN reached out to the Republican National Committee and the Trump campaign for comment.
CNN Center in Atlanta damaged during protests
(CNN) The front of CNN Center in Atlanta was the scene of violent protests on Friday evening that resulted in damage to the front of the building and inside. The protests had started as peaceful earlier in the afternoon when crowds gathered in the city's famed Centennial Park. ET, protesters began moving toward the front of the CNN Center, where police had gathered. ET, protesters could be seen damaging CNN Center in downtown Atlanta, which is sandwiched between Philips Arena and Centennial Park. Protesters were seen vandalizing CNN's logo outside its offices, breaking the building's glass and entering the center.
Blaming China for Pandemic, Trump Says U.S. Will Leave the W.H.O.
Blaming China for Pandemic, Trump Says U.S. Will Leave the W.H.O. America’s decades-long relationship with the organization has been instrumental in improving health around the world.
Louisiana Bill Would Mandate 3-Year Minimum Sentence For Trespassing On Fossil Fuel Sites
RISE St. James Community activist Gail Leboeuf speaks during a December 2019 protest against plans to build a 2,300-acre, 14-factory petrochemical complex in St. James Parish, Louisiana. Now a new bill hastily making its way through the Louisiana State Legislature would dramatically increase those penalties for trespassing on fossil fuel sites during a state of emergency, setting a mandatory minimum of three years in prison “at hard labor” and a maximum of 15 years, and up to $5,000 in fines. “This is just going back to slavery,” Sharon Lavigne, the founder of RISE St. James, said by phone Friday evening. Dirty, dirty dogs. Sharon Lavigne, founder of RISE St. James
White House partially locked down as nationwide George Floyd protests spread to D.C.
A Secret Service spokesperson said in a statement: "Secret Service personnel are currently assisting other law enforcement agencies during a demonstration in Lafayette Park. The White House did not immediately respond to request for comment Friday evening. Reporters had gathered at the White House on Friday afternoon for a briefing by President Donald Trump announcing the United States' withdrawal from the World Health Organization. Protesters had reached Lafayette Park, which is to the north of the White House grounds, by Friday evening. Video circulating on social media and photos on wire services showed a protester being detained by Secret Service agents.
‘Broken:’ Hayes on disproportionate effects of virus, police injustice on people of color
Chris Hayes: “The dead and the sick are disproportionately African-American and Latino people…The exact same fellow Americans that disproportionately die at the hands of police officers.”
Cory Booker: Peace is not merely the absence of violence, it's the presence of justice
Sen. Booker remembers the first conversation he and his parents had about police: “I wish we lived in a nation that 30+ years later there weren’t still hundreds of thousands of parents feeling like they have to teach their black boys how not to get killed by police.”
White House seizes on email as vindication in tussle with Twitter
"Check out this absurd email Twitter just sent us," the White House said as it blasted out a screenshot of the automated response from the company. “The email we just received, presumably sent by a different team within Twitter, admits that the very tweet they are censoring does not violate any Twitter Rules. Twitter slapped a warning label on the tweet after it appeared on Trump's personal account, and later did the same thing to a tweet from the White House's official account that cited his words verbatim. The spokesperson said the automated email came in response to a specific complaint in which someone had accused the official White House account of violating a subset of Twitter’s rules — not necessarily regarding its policies on violent content. The spokesperson said the company is required by law under certain jurisdictions, such as Germany, to alert users when Twitter has received and reviewed certain complaints against their accounts.
Visitor to Lake of Ozarks, criticized over crowded party, has COVID-19
SEE NEW POSTSVisitor to Lake of Ozarks, criticized over crowded party, has COVID-19 A Boone County, Missouri, resident who went to a bar that was criticized for having a crowded pool party over Memorial Day weekend has tested positive for COVID-19, health officials said. Camden County is the county where the bar is located, and Boone County where the person lives is north of Lake of the Ozarks. Share this -Merck and Novartis join the hunt for a coronavirus vaccine Several more drug manufacturers have joined the global effort to develop a coronavirus vaccine. However, experts remain unconvinced a vaccine proven to be safe and effective will be available this calendar year. Share this -Whistleblower says Hungary discharged critically ill patients to clear space for potential coronavirus patients In April, Hungary’s government cleared out its hospitals in preparation for an intake of COVID-19 patients.
Merck and Novartis join the hunt for a coronavirus vaccine
SEE NEW POSTSMerck and Novartis join the hunt for a coronavirus vaccine Several more drug manufacturers have joined the global effort to develop a coronavirus vaccine. The announcements, from Merck and Novartis, follow earlier initiatives by pharmaceutical companies Moderna and Inovio, as well as from the United Kingdom's Oxford University. "I really think a vaccine is probably a 2021 event, in terms of having wide availability of a vaccine for the general population." Click here for a roundup of the most notable vaccine news of the week. Share this -Whistleblower says Hungary discharged critically ill patients to clear space for potential coronavirus patients In April, Hungary’s government cleared out its hospitals in preparation for an intake of COVID-19 patients.
Outrage over George Floyd's death could tip fortunes in Joe Biden's VP search
Even as Biden’s team hoped to carefully control the process, Biden’s own history as a short-lister speaks to the potential for unforeseen events to have an influence. The former VP has himself discussed his deliberations over the choice more in public than any previous apparent nominee. That is not the only criteria to determine who will be the vice president of the United States of America, that I'll choose as a running mate. I guarantee you, there are more — there's more than one African-American woman being considered for vice president. While the Biden campaign has been careful to say little about the process since it formally launched last month, Biden himself has offered some helpful clues.
Zuckerberg says he's 'struggling' with Trump's latest posts but leaving them up
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Friday he wasn’t going to take down President Donald Trump’s posts about shooting alleged looters in Minneapolis nor put a warning on them as Twitter, but he acknowledged he had been "struggling all day" with how to respond. Zuckerberg, in a late afternoon post on his Facebook wall, largely stood by his long-held view that social media companies should take a light touch when deciding how to moderate the statements of politicians. This site is protected by recaptchaFacebook had been in touch with the White House on Friday to explain the company’s policies, he said. The White House's Twitter handle later posted the same tweet, which was also given the warning label. Zuckerberg wrote in his post that Facebook did not have a similar policy about using warning labels, and it would have taken down Trump’s words if they violated Facebook policy.
Tension escalates into violence in fiery Atlanta rally
Protesters used barricades to break police vehicle windshields and jumped from car to car. Hundreds of the protesters confronted police outside CNN headquarters. They spray-painted the large, iconic CNN logo outside the building, breaking a windowed entrance. One protester climbed on top of the sign and waved a “Black Lives Matter” flag to cheers from the crowd. In Minneapolis, where a third night of demonstrations erupted into riots Thursday night, protesters returned to the streets and blocked interstate 35W, according to NBC affiliate KARE.
Memorial Day Partygoer at Missouri Resort Tests Positive for COVID-19
— Health officials said Friday that they were seeking to “inform mass numbers of unknown people” after a person who attended crowded pool parties over Memorial Day weekend at Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks tested positive for COVID-19. Camden County Health Department said in a release that the resident of Boone County in mid-Missouri tested positive on Sunday after arriving at the lake area a day earlier. Backwater Jacks owner Gary Prewitt said previously in a statement that no laws were broken, though the images appeared to show people violating Republican Gov. Mike Parson’s state order requiring social distancing. Parson allowed businesses and attractions to reopen May 4, but the state order requires 6-foot (2-meter) social distancing through at least the end of May.
George Floyd's death and civil unrest thrust Mayor Jacob Frey into spotlight
SEE NEW POSTSGeorge Floyd's death and civil unrest thrust Mayor Jacob Frey into spotlight Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, who pledged "to mend wounds" in a city that's struggled with police brutality for years, has been thrust into the spotlight after protests and rioting rocked his city over the death of George Floyd. Frey, a civil rights lawyer, campaigned on issues of police reform and racial inequality when the then-city councilman ran for mayor in 2017. Share this -Mississippi mayor ignores calls to resign over comments on George Floyd's death Petal, Mississippi, Mayor Hal Marx is resisting calls to resign after he said “if you can talk, you can breathe" about the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Share this -Wrestling coach in Washington state fired over post on George Floyd's detention Wrestling coach Dave Hollenbeck's Facebook post. Dave Hollenbeck / via Facebook A high school wrestling coach in Washington state has been fired over a post about George Floyd's getting pinned down by a Minneapolis police officer.
George Floyd told police he was struggling to breathe before an officer put a knee on his neck
George Floyd told police he was claustrophobic and struggling to breathe even before he ended up face down on the Minneapolis pavement, with an officer's knee planted on his neck, prosecutors said Friday. This site is protected by recaptcha"While standing outside the car, Mr. Floyd began saying and repeating that he could not breathe," the document said. "Mr. Floyd said, 'I can’t breathe' multiple times and repeatedly said, 'Mama' and 'please,' as well." When Floyd stopped moving, Officer J. Alexander Kueng "checked Mr. Floyd’s right wrist for a pulse and said, 'I couldn’t find one.' Chauvin's knee was on Floyd's neck for 2 minutes and 43 seconds even after the man had passed out, according to the charging document.
Chaos continues in Minneapolis despite curfew after '48 hours of anarchy'
Chaos and unrest continued Friday night in Minneapolis as protesters ignored a citywide curfew that had been imposed by Minnesota Gov. Earlier in the day, Minnesota's governor pleaded for peace after "48 hours of anarchy." This site is protected by recaptchaMeanwhile Walz, a Democrat, promised to end "48 hours of anarchy" that led to smashed windows, destroyed property and the looting of several stores in Minneapolis. Protesters march down a highway off-ramp on their way to Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 28, 2020. Protests broke out all across the country in the wake of Floyd’s death.
A look at why ex-police officer Derek Chauvin is charged with third-degree murder
Chauvin, 44, was charged Friday with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter -- two felonies where intent is a key element. What is third-degree murder? Most states separate murder into two degrees but Minnesota is one of a few states that allow prosecutors to consider the lesser charge of third-degree murder. For the third-degree murder charge, prosecutors will have to prove something called depraved indifference. Chauvin had his knee on Floyd's neck for a total of 8 minutes, 46 seconds.
Nike Releases 'Don't Do It' Campaign After Death of George Floyd
Chuck Burton/Associated PressNike released a new ad campaign Friday in the wake of the recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. Taylor, an EMT in Kentucky, was shot and killed by police in March when officers were executing a search warrant in a narcotics investigation. Arbery was shot and killed in Georgia's Brunswick neighborhood in February when two men confronted him while he was out jogging. Floyd died Monday in Minneapolis when a police officer pressed his knee into the back of Floyd's neck after he was put in handcuffs and was lying face down on the ground. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced on Friday that Derek Chauvin, the officer who pressed his knee into Floyd's neck, was arrested and faces charges of third-degree murder and manslaughter.
Trump stands with DeVos, vetoes measure to overturn her controversial student loan forgiveness rule
But siding with veterans would have forced Trump to abandon the longest-serving member of his Cabinet: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. The Trump administration in September finalized its rewrite, which limits the time borrowers have to apply for relief and requires them to prove they were harmed financially by the deception. Durbin and Rep. Susie Lee (D-Nev.) introduced resolutions in their chambers days after the Trump administration finalized the rule. But as the campaign to overturn the Trump policy gained momentum, the White House threatened to veto the resolution. They say the Trump administration has imposed arbitrary measures for calculating relief meant only to limit debt cancellation.
Betsy DeVos doubles down
DeVos, a Michigan billionaire who once called public schools a “dead end,” has long said that her priority as education secretary was to expand alternatives to traditional public schools, include a variety of programs that use public money for private and religious school education. The program through which this money flows is known as Title I, and private schools with poor children have been included in it using that formula. ADBut DeVos issued guidance to states on April 30 insisting that states distribute the money not based on the number of poor students in private schools but, rather, based on all of the students in a private school. ADIn a letter dated May 22 (see in full below), DeVos replied to Miller, doubling down on her guidance. This department is doubling down.”ADADHere’s the letter that the executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers wrote to Devos:And here is DeVos’s reply:
As we try to envision a return to youth sports, we know only this: It won’t be the same
A decision on when and how youth sports will return to the United States is as eagerly anticipated as it is complex. ADADBut what is your average youth sports coach, a mom like Sarah Pinkerton, supposed to make of it all? States require pre-participation evaluations to try to catch conditions such as heart defects and asthma that could make athletic participation dangerous. The NFHS therefore recommended that state associations be flexible and consider issuing one-year extensions for everyone except first-time athletes. High school athletic trainers manage an average of 15 sports, which equates to 285.5 students per trainer.
Gripped by disease, unemployment and outrage at the police, America plunges into crisis
ADAD“The threads of our civic life could start unraveling, because everybody’s living in a tinderbox,” said historian and Rice University professor Douglas Brinkley. ADADAuthorities announced charges against the officer in the Minneapolis case Friday — which observers saw as a development that might quell some of the unrest. Police at one point took a CNN correspondent and crew into custody on live TV, though they were later released. “And Trump does not want it to be the summer of covid-19.”Jameel Jaffer, executive director of the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, said Trump seemed to be exacerbating the crisis. And at a time when what is most needed is thoughtful, calm, deliberate leadership, we have the opposite.”
Minneapolis struggled with police violence and adopted reforms. ‘And yet, George Floyd is still dead.’
“There’s an episode of violence, there’s an uprising, people demand change, and change starts to happen. “There has been a long and deep history of racially biased policing in Minneapolis,” she said. ADIn 2017, Arradondo became the city’s first black police chief, pledging to shift the culture and restore a positive relationship with the community. Harteau, who was forced out after Damond’s death, said Floyd’s death was disheartening after all the efforts at reform. It was nearly nine months before the department showed Reyes’s relatives footage from the shooting, his family said.
George Floyd's Death, Protests, Coronavirus: America Is a Tinderbox - The New York Times
The boogaloo movement’s surreal iconography includes Hawaiian shirts — often mixed with combat gear — and igloos. (The idea is that “luau” and “igloo” sound like “boogaloo.”) People associated with the subculture had a significant presence at the lockdown protests, but some, motivated by hatred of the police and a love of bedlam, took part in the Minneapolis demonstrations as well. (According to Evans and Wilson, while much of boogaloo culture is steeped in white supremacy, there’s a “very active struggle within some parts of this movement as to whether or not their dreamed-of uprising will be based in bigotry.”) Ellison told me he saw boogaloo bois holding a flag with an igloo on it at the Wednesday night protest in Minneapolis.
Maryland's GOP Governor Rips Trump For 'Inciting Violence With Twitter' In Minneapolis
Maryland’s Republican governor on Friday slammed President Donald Trump for using Twitter for “inflammatory rhetoric” and “inciting violence” in Minneapolis amid outrage over the death of African American George Floyd during a violent arrest by four police officers. Larry Hogan criticized the president for turning up the heat when he was asked on NBC’s “Today” show about Trump’s threats amid the protests and mounting turmoil in the city over Floyd’s death. Twitter posted a warning on the tweet for “glorifying violence.”“I don’t think it’s helpful,” Hogan said of Trump’s tweet. Chauvin was arrested and charged Friday with third-degree murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s death. Hogan said he didn’t think it was a “fair comparison.” The “evidence” in Minneapolis “seems overwhelming and clear to me,” he added.
Supreme Court denies Illinois churches' bid for lockdown relief
The Romanian churches — one in Chicago and one just outside the city — took their complaints to the Supreme Court after being cited by local officials for violations of the lockdown orders. Lower courts declined emergency relief, but their lawsuits claiming that the orders violated the Constitution's guarantees of freedom of religion remain pending. A San Diego-area Pentecostal church is seeking emergency relief from Gov. Gavin Newsom's orders, which currently restrict religious services to 25% of a church's maximum authorized capacity and no more than 100 people. Typically, a majority of the justices would have to back the church's plea for the court to issue an emergency injunction.
Rev. Al Sharpton: George Floyd’s family wants ‘full justice’
Reverand Al Sharpton says what happened to George Floyd was first degree murder and that his “doesn’t want a deposit on justice, they want full justice.”
Zuckerberg: Facebook leaving up Trump's 'shooting' post
In separate but identical posts early Friday on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, Trump addressed the national unrest in Minneapolis, where the death of an African American man in police custody has sparked protests. But Facebook, which owns Instagram, did not offer comment for most of Friday on whether it would take its own enforcement action against the post, even as messages racked up shares across the two major platforms. As of Friday evening, the post had nearly 200,000 likes and over 60,000 shares on Facebook, plus more than 400,000 likes on Instagram. Twitter has faced withering criticism from Trump and his allies for labeling a series of tweets earlier this week that the platform flagged as containing misleading information about mail-in ballots and voter fraud. But Facebook earned plaudits from conservatives for declining to act against an identical post on its own platform.
Trump continues to escalate on Twitter: Hans Nichols
Hans Nichols reports from the White House on Twitter's placing a warning on the president's tweet and the president's response.
Loretta Lynch on death of George Floyd: Reason for anger 'about more than just one case’
Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch says the protests and the anger surrounding the death of George Floyd shows that ‘it is about more than just one case.’
Minneapolis police chief faces new test after George Floyd death
The Minneapolis police chief thrust into the spotlight by the George Floyd killing was promoted to his post after another racially charged death that involved an officer — the fatal shooting of Justine Ruszczyk Damond. Former Minneapolis Police officer Mohamed Noor arrives with his lawyers for the beginning of his trial last year in Minneapolis. “I am 100 percent sure some of those protesters would be dead if anybody else was running the police department,” Williams said. “He took the right first step when he fired the police officers and he’s been visible at press conferences. Williams said she got to know the chief after the 2015 police shooting of Jamar Clark, a 24-year-old black man whose death sparked street protests.
Kamala Harris says arrested officer involved in George Floyd’s death ‘clearly committed murder’
Senator Kamala Harris on the officer arrested in George Floyd’s death: “He clearly committed murder. We now know the number of minutes, not seconds, minutes that he pressed his knee down on the neck of a man who was handcuffed. We are talking about unarmed, handcuffed man who was killed at the knee of a police officer. What we need to do now is address this.”
NYPD Officers Who Made Violent Social Distancing Arrest Set to Face Disciplinary Charges
Wright’s lawyer, Sanford Rubinstein, called the disciplinary charges a “step in the right direction” and said Garcia should be fired. Another showed an officer punching a man in the head as he lay pinned to a sidewalk, unable to fight back. The city later altered its approach, telling officers to stop citing people for not wearing face coverings. Minutes before the confrontation with Wright, video from a security camera showed officers using force to arrest a couple for allegedly failing to comply when asked to disperse. A police spokeswoman said shortly after the arrest that Wright “took a fighting stance against the officer” when he was ordered to disperse.
Harry Smith: Historic space launch reminds Americans to have hope
As the nation confronts the coronavirus pandemic, “we are in need of a rocket-sized pick-me-up,” NBC News’ Harry Smith says. The historic launch slated for Saturday reminds us there are better days ahead for us all.
Loretta Lynch on death of George Floyd: Reason for anger 'about more than just one case'
SEE NEW POSTSWhite House lockdown lifted after protests The U.S. Secret Service lifted the lockdown on The White House Friday after growing unrest in Washington and around the country related to the death of George Floyd. Share this -Wrestling coach in Washington state fired over post on George Floyd's detention Wrestling coach Dave Hollenbeck's Facebook post. Share this -Graham calls for Senate hearing on police use of force following George Floyd's death Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., the Judiciary Committee chair, said Friday the panel would hold a hearing on officers' use of force following the police-involved death of George Floyd. Share this -George Floyd and officer who kneeled on his neck had worked at same nightclub, former owner says George Floyd worked at the same local nightclub as the Minneapolis police officer who was shown on video kneeling on Floyd's neck as he said, "I can't breathe." The police officer and those who were there that day failed George Floyd," said Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, a law enforcement-oriented think tank based in Washington.
Customs and Border Protection using drone over Minneapolis
SEE NEW POSTSCustoms and Border Protection using drone over Minneapolis The U.S. Customs and Border Protection confirmed that it is using drone over Minneapolis to help montior demonstrations. Chauvin and three other officers have been fired, and on Friday Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. Share this -Wrestling coach in Washington state fired over post on George Floyd's detention Wrestling coach Dave Hollenbeck's Facebook post. Dave Hollenbeck / via Facebook A high school wrestling coach in Washington state has been fired over a post about George Floyd's getting pinned down by a Minneapolis police officer. “We intend to shine a bright light on the problems associated with Mr. Floyd’s death, with the goal of finding a better way forward for our nation," Graham said in a statement.
Lester Holt reflects on this moment in America
Lester Holt reflects on the crises facing America today: the staggering coronavirus death toll and an aching legacy of racial inequality.
National protests over George Floyd's death was 'conflagration waiting to happen'
National protests over George Floyd's death was 'conflagration waiting to happen'Minneapolis remained on edge Friday after another chaotic night when a police station and other buildings were torched, and protesters there and in neighboring St. Paul hit the streets in demonstrations marred by violence, vandalism and looting. "This is a young rage, the same way young people took to the streets in the 1960s, 70s and 80s," Saje Mathieu, a history professor at the University of Minnesota who lives in suburban Minneapolis, said. There's no other way to communicate my pain and rage than to take to the streets.'" That pain has resonated in major cities across the country, where protests were expected to unfold Friday night and over the weekend from Atlanta to Oakland, California, and Denver to Dallas. Click here for the full story
Mississippi mayor ignores calls to resign over comments on George Floyd's death
SEE NEW POSTSMississippi mayor ignores calls to resign over comments on George Floyd's death Petal, Mississippi, Mayor Hal Marx is resisting calls to resign after he said “if you can talk, you can breathe" about the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Share this -Wrestling coach in Washington state fired over post on George Floyd's detention Wrestling coach Dave Hollenbeck's Facebook post. Dave Hollenbeck / via Facebook A high school wrestling coach in Washington state has been fired over a post about George Floyd's getting pinned down by a Minneapolis police officer. Share this -Graham calls for Senate hearing on police use of force following George Floyd's death Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., the Judiciary Committee chair, said Friday the panel would hold a hearing on officers' use of force following the police-involved death of George Floyd. “We intend to shine a bright light on the problems associated with Mr. Floyd’s death, with the goal of finding a better way forward for our nation," Graham said in a statement.
Zuckerberg finally explains why Facebook is doing nothing about Trump's posts
(CNN Business) Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained Friday night why his company would take no action on posts in which President Trump threatened "looting" in Minneapolis would lead to "shooting." That explanation came roughly 16 hours after Twitter did take action and despite Zuckerberg's having previously told Congress that posts inciting violence would not be tolerated on Facebook. Trump's posts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter read, "These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won't let that happen. Zuckerberg told @AOC a few months ago.https://t.co/jANwJdhgmz pic.twitter.com/sbq4gw86n7 — Donie O'Sullivan (@donie) May 29, 2020In his post Friday, Zuckerberg criticized Twitter for its handling of Trump's posts. Earlier in the week Zuckerberg had criticized Twitter for fact-checking Trump's false claims about mail-in ballots in California.
Trump is at war with the truth, not Twitter
(CNN) Fact checks are not censorship. But that's what President Donald Trump is claiming in his new assault on social media platforms: an over-reaching executive order targeting social media companies, signed shortly after Twitter applied fact checks to two of Trump's tweets. But let's get real -- the reason Trump opposes mail-in ballots is because he believes it will benefit Democrats . Join us on Twitter and FacebookBecause the President's not actually at war with journalism or social media platforms. He's at war with the truth.
Justice Department releases more FBI memos from Mueller investigation
(CNN) The Justice Department released Friday another 218 pages of notes from major witness interviews conducted during former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, adding to the record what's known about the interviews with Trump campaign and administration officials. The documents, obtained by CNN and BuzzFeed News in a lawsuit, include long-sought-after FBI memos, called 302s, from interviews with several witnesses, including former White House counsel Don McGahn. House Democrats have long sought McGahn's comments on his interactions with President Donald Trump in the White House about Mueller and the Russia investigation, and the interview record released Friday appears to be the first time notes from McGahn's sessions with Mueller are public. Several other interview memos released Friday keep confidential even the names of witnesses with whom Mueller's team spoke. This is the seventh release of FBI memos released as part of the lawsuit.
Trump decision to leave WHO endangers global health, medical groups say
It could also endanger children, the American Academy of Pediatrics said. "The Trump Administration's decision to withdraw from the WHO carries grave risks for the world's children during an unprecedented global health crisis. The American Academy of Pediatrics urges the administration to reconsider its position and continue to work with the WHO to combat COVID-19 and promote the health of children globally." Friday's announcement would sever all ties, ending the traditional leadership role the US has taken at WHO, the health arm of the United Nations. Friday's decision "serves no logical purpose," American Medical Association President Dr. Patrice Harris said.
Customs and Border Protection drone flew over Minneapolis to provide live video to law enforcement
(CNN) As protests continued and buildings burned, a US Customs and Border Protection drone flew to Minneapolis on Friday to provide live video to law enforcement on the ground, according to a senior CBP spokesperson. The agency deployed the unmanned aircraft to help provide "situational awareness" for federal law enforcement partners in Minneapolis, according to the spokesperson. Civil rights and government oversight groups raised alarms after the aircraft was discovered circling Minneapolis earlier in the day. Sometime after the drone arrived in Minneapolis airspace, CBP was told it was no longer needed, according to the spokesperson. The drone then headed back to its home base in North Dakota.
Klobuchar's vice presidential hopes take hit amid unrest in Minnesota
It's inopportune timing for Klobuchar, who has been widely seen for months as a leading candidate to be Biden's running mate . Biden would not say on Friday whether Klobuchar's prosecutorial record and the unrest in Minnesota disqualify her from being his running mate. Klobuchar's somewhat scattered response to the Floyd killing has not helped quell the animosity toward her becoming Biden's number two. Rye argues that although Biden did well with black voters during the primary, Democrats need excitement from black Americans to defeat President Donald Trump in November. This is not the first time that Klobuchar's criminal justice record possibly imperiled her political hopes, either.
What happens if you get coronavirus at work? Experts say it might be hard to prove.
Here’s what they had to say:ADWhat to do if you’re infected at workFor most people who are infected at work, the main option will be workers’ compensation, experts say. Workers’ compensation is a kind of insurance provided by businesses to cover employees who suffer work-related injuries or illnesses. Most workers’ compensation claims will examine whether an injury or sickness arose out of or during the course of employment. “The dividing line between being stuck in the workers' compensation system and getting into the tort system: Most employment-related injuries do not involve negligence by the employer,” he said. ADThe workers’ compensation system has a no-fault liability running between employee and employer, making the system more attractive than the lawsuit route, he said.
Transcripts of calls between Flynn, Russian diplomat show they discussed sanctions
Flynn’s message to Moscow was: “Do not allow this administration to box us in right now!” according to the transcript. The transcripts show that a significant majority of the conversation was about sanctions, and those other topics were mentioned only briefly. The transcripts also make clear that Moscow’s decision not to retaliate was influenced by Flynn. One, he was seeking essentially to take the sting out of the sanctions imposed by the Obama administration on Dec. 29, they said. “What’s astonishing is the Obama team didn’t even realize the full extent of the Russian interference when they imposed those sanctions.
Dodgers’ David Price to reportedly pay team’s minor leaguers $1,000 each in June
ADADPrice’s act of generosity comes in the wake of Major League Baseball teams making wide-ranging financial decisions for their big league operations as well as their developmental systems. The Dodgers announced Tuesday that they would be implementing pay cuts, with the biggest percentage of salary reductions coming from the highest-paid employees. In March, Major League Baseball agreed to pay its minor league players a $400-per-week stipend through May 31, leaving the decision to pay those players beyond that point up to the MLB clubs themselves. The Cincinnati Reds will pay their players through Sept. 7, which is when the minor league season was scheduled to end. ADThe Oakland Athletics, on the other hand, will not to pay their minor league players for the remainder of the season, starting June 1.
Twitter’s decision to label Trump’s tweets was two years in the making
ADIn late 2017, a month after congressional hearings on social media and Russian interference, a period of soul-searching began across social media companies. ADTwitter executives also watched as Facebook struggled to respond to criticism that military leaders and government officials used violent social media posts to incite a genocide in Myanmar. ADTrump quickly directed his ire over the labels toward Twitter and took aim at social media companies as a whole. Trump once again accused social media companies of trying to “silence” conservative voices, a claim that Trump and some Republican members of Congress have raised over the past year. The order is Trump’s latest attempt to punish social media companies for what he claims is political bias against conservatives.
With ‘shooting’ tweet, Trump inflames rather than soothes tensions amid Minneapolis unrest
In so many ways, Donald Trump represents the death rattle of an old America, and it’s loud and it’s violent.”Trump’s “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” phrase has an ugly racial past. I wouldn’t know a thing like that.”ADADTrump earlier sought to explain his “shooting starts” comment with an awkwardly constructed pair of tweets Friday afternoon claiming that he meant to convey that looting often can lead to shooting. “It was spoken as a fact, not as a statement,” Trump wrote. Terrible event — terrible, terrible thing that happened,” Trump said, adding that he has asked the Justice Department to expedite its investigation into Floyd’s death. Any difficulty and we will assume control, but when the looting starts, the shooting starts.
Trump’s sanctions are failing. Venezuela and Iran just proved it.
Even though it has plenty of oil, the Maduro government’s mismanagement has left it desperately poor in gasoline. ADADThe Islamic Republic of Iran and the socialist Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela are states based on failed ideas that put the desires of corrupt officials ahead of their people’s needs. Iran and Venezuela have been moving closer together for years. When officials in the current administration talk about third-rate adversaries such as Iran and Venezuela, it sometimes feels as though they’re trying to will these regimes back into international relevance. “This is a failing state,” Gunson told me.
‘We woke up to a city of ash’
Protests in Minneapolis raged through the night, following the killing of George Floyd. On Friday,In New York’s Central Park, a white woman called the police on an African American man after he asked her to leash her dog, per park rules. and legacy of calling the cops.
The killing of George Floyd underscores why we need a police culture of peer intervention
The video of Floyd’s killing underscores with terrible clarity why we need a police culture of peer intervention. ADImmediate officer intervention also can be far more effective in preserving and restoring police legitimacy than any after-the-fact apology or even prosecution. ADProgressive police agencies and reform advocates have long recognized the importance of officer intervention. Of course, creating a police culture of peer intervention requires more than training. And every community should demand that the law enforcement agencies sworn to protect them do so by creating and supporting a culture of peer intervention.
This rage isn’t just for George Floyd. It’s for every victim of the police like him.
Like Richard M. Nixon, George Wallace and other race-baiters before him, Mr. Trump regards the country’s schisms as an opening — an opportunity to embrace law and order, threaten military action and galvanize his white, working-class base. A New York City detective, Dmaine Freeland, posted a video this week to denounce Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis officer who bore down on Mr. Floyd’s neck. They have not released body-cam footage of Mr. Floyd’s arrest, nor apologized for the specious statement they published about the incident, which elided the fact that Mr. Chauvin’s knee choked Mr. Floyd. ADADOn Friday, Mr. Chauvin was arrested and charged with murder and manslaughter. An FBI civil rights investigation of the incident is underway; the Justice Department says it is a top priority.
Americans have Heartache Tonight, but Mitch McConnell has a Peaceful Easy Feeling
The House, in its $3 trillion “Heroes Act,” approved $1 trillion to rescue state, local and tribal governments. But when it comes to federal action, McConnell has a Peaceful Easy Feeling. Even in previous rounds of stimulus during the pandemic, McConnell had been uncharacteristically off-key. Earlier this month, McConnell complained that “the Obama administration did not leave to this administration any kind of game plan.” McConnell later backtracked when told that the Trump administration disregarded Barack Obama’s extensive pandemic-preparation plans. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has likened McConnell’s pandemic response to Herbert Hoover’s response to the Great Depression.
A Minneapolis cop, Amy Cooper and Trump — joined in their display of malice
He asked the dog’s white owner, Amy Cooper (no relation), if she would restrain her dog, as required by park rules there. ADWhen they arrived on the scene, they found only Amy Cooper. Amy Cooper, an executive at an investment banking firm, was fired. To remind: Minneapolis’s paroxysms of rage were induced by the sight of an unarmed black man dying while a white cop kneeled on his neck. ADI cannot say how Derek Chauvin and Amy Cooper reached the posts they held before getting fired this week.
What to watch with your kids: ‘Chico Bon Bon: Monkey With a Tool Belt,’ ‘The High Note’ and more
There’s some fantasy violence (lasers, things catching fire), and characters often argue with one another. The content isn’t very substantive, but kids who like this sort of thing will enjoy it. The show is made up of some of their most popular YouTube videos adapted for the stage. Some of their stunts probably deserve the standard cautionary note: Do not try this at home. The movie also serves to promote the growing Dude Perfect brand: videos, toys, sports equipment and other merchandise.
Trump said not a word to soothe a smoldering country. It’s time for Biden to step up.
Trump was declaring, essentially, that his tweets said everything he had to say about the death of George Floyd and its aftermath. “The original sin of this country still stains our nation today,” Biden said. If violence and property destruction continue and spread, Trump may be right in his apparent bet that a backlash could benefit his reelection chances. ADThough Kennedy was a white man of enormous privilege, he spoke with the moral authority of one who had lost his own brother to a murderer’s bullet. They speak not only to what this country can still become, but its need for a leader who can point the way in that direction.
Protests for George Floyd continue after former officer arrested and charged
CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez and his camera crew were arrested on air early Friday as they reported on the protests. A Minnesota State Police officer said the journalists were arrested because they were told to move and didn’t, according to CNN. Police continue to arrest crew members until the cameraman was left. CNN political reporter Abby Phillip noted that her other colleague on the scene, who is white, was not arrested. “He just reported that police approached him, asked him who he was with, he said CNN,” Phillip said via Twitter.
The pandemic isn’t over. But America sure seems over it.
None of us are afraid, because we have God in our souls and God in our hearts. If you render a pandemic in hyperlocal statistics, it can look like nothing. If you meet a pandemic head-on in a hospital, it can look like everything. Even in her fog and confusion, the woman was communicating the hard truth of the pandemic: that many people are suffering, and dying, alone. He was elected student-body president at Texas A&M University three weeks before the pandemic locked down the country.
Opinion | China and the Rhineland Moment
A few ideas:Sanction Chinese officials engaged in human-rights abuses in Hong Kong under the Global Magnitsky Act. Upgrade relations with Taiwan and increase arms sales, including top-shelf weapons’ systems such as the F-35 and the Navy’s future frigate. Re-enter the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement as a counter to China’s economic influence. (This won’t happen in a Trump administration, but should in a Biden one.) Publicly press all G-7 countries to stop doing business with telecom-giant Huawei as a meaningful response to the Hong Kong law.
George Floyd, Police Accountability and the Supreme Court - The New York Times
That’s a high standard to meet. This is a judge-made rule; the civil rights law itself says nothing about a “clearly established” requirement. Yet in practice it has meant that police officers prevail virtually every time, because it’s very hard to find cases that are the same in all respects. It also creates a Catch-22 for plaintiffs, who are required to hunt down precedents in courts that have stopped generating those precedents, because the plaintiffs always lose. As one conservative judge put it in a U.S. district court in Texas, “Heads defendants win, tails plaintiffs lose.”
George Floyd Was Pinned Down for Nearly 3 Minutes After He Became Unresponsive, Prosecutors Say
George Floyd Was Pinned Down for Nearly 3 Minutes After He Became Unresponsive, Prosecutors SayA statement of probable cause used to support charges against a former Minneapolis police officer detailed the minutes before Mr. Floyd’s death. A still image taken from a video, courtesy of Darnella Frazier via Facebook, showed Derek Chauvin, a Minneapolis officer, during the arrest of George Floyd. Credit... Darnella Frazier, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
Protests Continue Nationwide Over George Floyd Killing In Minneapolis
Minneapolis police over previous nights responded to protests by wearing riot gear and firing tear gas and rubber bullets on demonstrators. After three nights of protests , Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey announced a mandatory curfew going into effect at 8 p.m. Demonstrators are on the move, chanting George Floyd’s name and “No Justice, No Peace.” Just passed over the Hennepin Avenue bridge. The white cop pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck as he repeatedly said he couldn’t breathe. Chauvin held his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes, according to the complaint filed against him, with Floyd reportedly unresponsive for nearly three of those minutes.
Some Say If Retail Stores Are Open, Churches Should Be Too. Here's Why It's Not So Simple.
Last week, President Donald Trump called on governors to reopen houses of worship, calling it an “injustice” that that “liquor stores and abortion clinics” were open when churches were not. “Some governors have deemed liquor stores and abortion clinics as essential, but have left out houses of worship. Loud singing, a common element of religious services, is particularly efficient in producing these aerosolized particles. Chin-Hong said that he understands that attending religious services can be therapeutic for people of faith, especially those who are sick and looking for spiritual comfort. As an “enthusiastic” Christian who loves going to church, Winslow said he personally can’t wait to go back.
The CDC Finally Released New Guidelines For Offices To Reopen Amid Coronavirus
Say goodbye to water coolers and shared public transportation. The recommendations include:Employees should have daily, in-person screenings for their temperature or coronavirus symptoms before they enter the workplace. To maintain social distance, employers need to modify furniture and install transparent shields or other physical barriers when social distancing isn’t possible. Offices need to limit the occupancy of elevators so that people can maintain social distances of at least six feet. Some of the public health advice is familiar at this point: The CDC recommends office workers wash hands often with soap and water, particularly after a commuting trip.
Merkel rebuffs Trump invitation to G7 summit
BERLIN — Angela Merkel has rebuffed Donald Trump’s invitation to attend a G7 summit, which the U.S. president is keen to portray as a symbol of a return to normality from the upheaval of the coronavirus crisis. "The federal chancellor thanks President Trump for his invitation to the G7 summit at the end of June in Washington. President Trump and President Macron also discussed critical global and bilateral issues." Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has also voiced a willingness to travel to Washington, as has Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Privately, however, one official familiar with the situation said that other EU leaders would support Merkel and would not attend Trump's summit if Merkel thought it was a bad idea.
Conservatives turn to San Francisco lawyer to fight coronavirus orders
Dhillon traveled and worked around the world until she came to San Francisco in 2000 for a Silicon Valley job opportunity during the dot-com boom. She opened her own practice, the Dhillon Law Group, in San Francisco in 2006 — when she immersed herself in Republican politics in one of the country’s most liberal bastions. She took on the challenge of chairing the Republican Party in San Francisco and ran twice unsuccessfully for public office — but also raised her social media and political profile. Seeking to become the first woman and Sikh vice chair in California Republican Party history, she faced down prejudice and some attacks from the far right in her own party’s ranks. | J. Scott Applewhite/AP PhotoDhillon’s steely drive and activism in the embattled California Republican Party catapulted her to a post as the RNC’s California committeeperson in 2016.
The MAGA Masks Bringing Americans Together
Last week, the governor of North Dakota—a Republican—choked up as he begged constituents to be kind, not cruel, to people wearing masks. But Etsy’s Trump-themed masks, whose slogans range from “MAGA” to “Trump 2020” to “Gun Owners for Trump,” have done brisk sales. But many Trump supporters are doing their own risk assessments, and they bristle at the perception of liberal-media fearmongering. She bought four pro-Trump masks from another Etsy site, to wear in places where masks are required—which in her state, is all public places . (“There's no better way to protect against coronavirus and trigger libs than a MAGA mask,” the ad read.)
See how long the officer charged with murder had knee on Floyd's neck while non-responsive
New evidence released shows the officer charged with George Floyd’s murder had his knee on Floyd’s neck for two minutes and fifty three seconds after he was unresponsive. In this news report on “The Beat with Ari Melber,” MSNBC Anchor Ayman Mohyeldin shows how much can transpire in that amount of time, demonstrating the misconduct taken by the officer.
Kara Swisher: ‘The official White House Twitter handle is being used to troll’
The president says looting in Minneapolis will lead to shooting – and Twitter added a warning label. Co-host of “Pivot” Kara Swisher and NBC News Senior Media Reporter Dylan Byers join Stephanie Ruhle to discuss the way Twitter is monitoring the president and how he’s responding to it.
Merkel rebuffs Trump invitation to G-7 summit
President Trump and President Macron also discussed critical global and bilateral issues." Officials said there had been very little of the traditional preparation that precedes the annual G-7 summit, including detailed discussion about the agenda, and often intensive negotiation over the drafting of formal conclusions. 10 Downing Street said: “On the upcoming G-7 Summit, the Prime Minister and President discussed the importance of leaders meeting in the U.S. in person if possible." Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has also voiced a willingness to travel to Washington, as has Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Privately, however, one official familiar with the situation said that other EU leaders would support Merkel and would not attend Trump's summit if Merkel thought it was a bad idea.
Trump backs DeVos plan to limit student debt relief
But Trump said in a veto message that he was standing by DeVos' rule because it would "protect students and taxpayers." It’s the eighth time that Trump has vetoed legislation since taking office — and the first on a domestic policy issue. Trump’s veto, barring a successful override, clears the path for DeVos’ rule to take effect on July 1, as scheduled. DeVos’ rule revises Obama-era standards for debt relief, known as “borrower defense,” which were finalized in 2016 in response to misconduct by for-profit colleges. DeVos’ policy sets more stringent standards for when the government wipes out the debt of students who claim that they were misled or deceived by their colleges.
Trump's Tweets Amid Unrest in Minneapolis Echo Historic Calls for Violence Against Civil Rights Protesters
(CHICAGO) — President Donald Trump’s tweeted warning Friday amid unrest in Minneapolis that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” echoes the language of a Miami police chief in 1967 who made clear his distaste for civil rights activists and his belief that violent protests should be met with deadly force. The language has also been attributed to segregationist presidential candidate George Wallace in a 1968 campaign speech in Pittsburgh. About 13 hours after the president’s provocative tweet, Trump took to Twitter again to claim that he wasn’t suggesting the shooting of rioters. Instead, he said he was referring to gun violence that has been spurred by the unrest. “I’ve let the word filter down: When the looting starts, the shooting starts.”The Rev.
Watch exclusive videos leading to officer's murder charge in Floyd death
According to new charging documents, the Minneapolis officer charged with murder and manslaughter in George Floyd’s death had his knee on Floyd’s neck for 2 minutes and 53 seconds after he was non-responsive. In this report, NBC News pieces together all of the videos and breaks down the moments leading up to Floyd’s death in custody. Paul Butler, former federal prosecutor, joins “The Beat with Ari Melber” to break down the evidence, and the charges brought against the officer involved in the case.
Pixar Short "Out" Makes History With First LGBTQ Protagonist
Hunter wrote and directed the nine-minute Pixar film, which recently debuted on Disney+. While frantically trying to hide evidence of his boyfriend, Manuel, Greg discovers the courage to reveal his sexual orientation to his parents. Greg, who’s loosely based on Hunter, is Pixar’s first LGBTQ protagonist. “The first time I drew Greg and Manuel holding each other in the bedroom, I was bawling my face off,” says Hunter. To animate it, Hunter approached Wendell Lee, the only other gay animator still at Pixar from Hunter’s early days with the company.
How movie theaters hope to adapt for social distancing
Theaters are making big changes before they reopen, including removing seats to promote social distancing, temperature checks and reduced capacity.
Trump says he spoke with George Floyd's family: 'I just expressed my sorrow'
SEE NEW POSTSTrump says he spoke with George Floyd's family: 'I just expressed my sorrow' WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Friday that he spoke with members of George Floyd's family, calling them "terrific people," and adding that the protests in Minneapolis were "bad for the memory" of Floyd, who died at the hands of police earlier this week. “I spoke to members of the family, terrific people, and we'll be reporting as time goes by," Trump said during an event at the White House Friday evening. Share this -Wrestling coach in Washington state fired over post on George Floyd's detention Wrestling coach Dave Hollenbeck's Facebook post. Dave Hollenbeck / via Facebook A high school wrestling coach in Washington state has been fired over a post about George Floyd's getting pinned down by a Minneapolis police officer. And we want to see the other officers arrested," George Floyd's relatives and attorney Ben Crump said in a statement.
Mississippi mayor ignores calls to resign over comments on George Floyd's death
A Mississippi mayor who sparked outrage when he said “if you can talk, you can breathe" about the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody is resisting calls to resign, including from his town’s board of aldermen. In a follow-up tweet, Marx said: "If you are talking about the incident in MN, I didn’t see anything unreasonable. The Petal Board of Aldermen held a special meeting Thursday night where some residents demanded he resign. Alderman Clint Moore led the meeting and read a statement before the board voted unanimously to ask for Marx's resignation. Moore said the board believed Marx was "out of touch with the citizens" and unfit to continue in his capacity as mayor.
White House on lockdown due to protests outside
SEE NEW POSTSWhite House on lockdown due to protests outside Due to protests outside the White House, the press room doors have been locked and members of the media are not being allowed to leave the area. “I spoke to members of the family, terrific people, and we'll be reporting as time goes by," Trump said during an event at the White House Friday evening. Share this -Wrestling coach in Washington state fired over post on George Floyd's detention Wrestling coach Dave Hollenbeck's Facebook post. Dave Hollenbeck / via Facebook A high school wrestling coach in Washington state has been fired over a post about George Floyd's getting pinned down by a Minneapolis police officer. The police officer and those who were there that day failed George Floyd," said Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, a law enforcement-oriented think tank based in Washington.
Protests over George Floyd's death erupt across the U.S.
SEE NEW POSTSTrump says he spoke with George Floyd's family: 'I just expressed my sorrow' WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Friday that he spoke with members of George Floyd's family, calling them "terrific people," and adding that the protests in Minneapolis were "bad for the memory" of Floyd, who died at the hands of police earlier this week. Share this -Wrestling coach in Washington state fired over post on George Floyd's detention Wrestling coach Dave Hollenbeck's Facebook post. Dave Hollenbeck / via Facebook A high school wrestling coach in Washington state has been fired over a post about George Floyd's getting pinned down by a Minneapolis police officer. Share this -Graham calls for Senate hearing on police use of force following George Floyd's death Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., the Judiciary Committee chair, said Friday the panel would hold a hearing on officers' use of force following the police-involved death of George Floyd. Share this -George Floyd and officer who kneeled on his neck had worked at same nightclub, former owner says George Floyd worked at the same local nightclub as the Minneapolis police officer who was shown on video kneeling on Floyd's neck as he said, "I can't breathe."
Trump says he spoke with George Floyd's family: 'I just expressed my sorrow'
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Friday that he spoke with members of George Floyd's family, calling them "terrific people," and adding that the protests in Minneapolis were "bad for the memory" of Floyd, who died at the hands of police earlier this week. “I spoke to members of the family, terrific people, and we'll be reporting as time goes by," Trump said during an event at the White House Friday evening. "Its very important, I believe, to the family, to everybody, that the memory for George Floyd be a perfect memory," Trump continued. “Frankly, it means when there’s looting people get shot and they die," Trump told reporters, defending his use of the phrase. The official White House Twitter account later sent the same message, prompting Twitter to hide the tweet behind the same warning label.
Declassified calls show Flynn discussing sanctions with Russian envoy
Don't — don't make it — don't go any further than you have to,” Flynn is quoted as saying in the declassified summary of the call. He said he had spoken with Flynn about that question and the sanctions did not come up on the call. Flynn also pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about those same Kislyak calls. He and Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee have both accused each other of releasing information selectively to benefit their side politically. But it’s the national intelligence director’s job to coordinate across U.S. spy agencies and serve as the president’s key adviser in working through those complex issues.
Twitter is now in completely uncharted waters
Having already made its position clear, Twitter really only had one option: It added a warning label onto that tweet, too. For years it was Trump's favored platform; now Twitter is locked in a war with the president simply for choosing to enforce its policies. Seemingly every tweet on the platform — those from general users and those from Twitter employees — are being scrutinized anew. An era of inaction comes to an endWhen Trump threatened to nuke North Korea, Twitter took no action despite pressure from users. It had to be TwitterIf this week proves anything, it's that any action Twitter might have taken against Trump's tweets was likely to provoke an extreme reaction.
Woj: NBA Board of Governors Expected to Ratify Restart Plan at Thursday Vote
Joe Murphy/Getty ImagesThe NBA has reportedly taken another step toward resuming its suspended season. The league suspended its season March 11 after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19. But all signs indicate the NBA will eventually resume its season at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando. "Owners are largely planning to pledge support for Silver's final recommendation on a plan, which teams expect to include invitations for 20-to-22 teams to resume the season," Woj wrote. In regards to the four plans Shelburne referenced, Shams Charania of Stadium and The Athletic provided some specifics, noting that the plans contained 16-, 20-, 22- and 30-team scenarios.
A new civil lawsuit alleges Harvey Weinstein raped a 17-year-old in the 1990s
(CNN) Four women identified as Jane Does filed a lawsuit against disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein Thursday, alleging he sexually assaulted them. The allegations include the story of one woman who says Weinstein raped her in 1994 when she was about 17. The lawsuit also names as defendants Weinstein's brother, Robert Weinstein, their company Miramax and Disney, which owned Miramax for a time. The suit alleges Robert Weinstein and other executives and employees turned a blind-eye to the alleged abuses and some were complicit in facilitating some encounters. Harvey Weinstein, 68, is currently serving a 23-year prison sentence for his conviction in New York for charges of criminal sexual act and rape.
Study shows 10 times more New Yorkers had Covid-19 by April than previously counted
Those blood tests showed that 1,887 of them had antibodies to the novel coronavirus, meaning they had been infected in the past. After statistical adjustment and extrapolation, the researchers estimated that more than 2 million New York adults had been infected by the end of March. The study also shows that communities of color were disproportionately affected by Covid-19. The study was posted on the pre-print server MedRXiv.org, which means it wasn't peer reviewed or published in a medical journal. Questions about immunity after infectionFor the New York study, the researchers used an antibody test designed by the Wadsworth Center, a laboratory at the state health department.
D.C. man charged in slaying of girlfriend, YouTube natural-hairstyling star ‘Napp Queen’
ADShana Donahue, 26, was a teacher at Freshfarm FoodPrints, visiting D.C. public schools and teaching students about nutrition, her father said. She also had a presence on YouTube, where she posted videos about natural hairstyles under the names “Napp Queen” and “MercuryVenusMe.” She had more than 21,000 followers. There were puncture wounds to her neck, stomach, right bicep, right thigh, hip and shoulder blade. Fleetwood told detectives that he and Donahue got into a shouting match and she ordered him to leave the apartment. AD“She tried to get me really angry on purpose and I don’t know why,” Fleetwood said, according to the documents.
Demonstration for George Floyd shuts down D.C. intersection
D.C. police kept a distance, blocking off several nearby streets to prevent vehicles from being in the area. The demonstration was one of many held in cities around the country. ADPolice chiefs from around the country have condemned the officers’ arrest of Floyd. On Friday, the officer seen on video with a knee on Floyd’s neck, Derek Chauvin, was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. Bowser called the death of Floyd “heartbreaking.”“We saw a man begging for his life,” Bowser said.
With ‘shooting’ tweet, Trump inflames rather than soothes tensions amid Minneapolis unrest
Three and a half years into his most unorthodox presidency, Trump proved Friday that he still had the capacity to surprise with his dual withdrawals. “It was spoken as a fact, not as a statement,” Trump wrote. Terrible event — terrible, terrible thing that happened,” Trump said, adding that he has asked the Justice Department to expedite its investigation into Floyd’s death. ADAD“The Governor of Michigan should give a little, and put out the fire,” Trump tweeted on May 1. Any difficulty and we will assume control, but when the looting starts, the shooting starts.
Louisville protesters decry police shooting that killed apartment resident
Her boyfriend, thinking the police were armed intruders, fired a gun; police returned fire and Taylor was shot eight times. Members of the city’s black community wanted to demonstrate their long-simmering distrust of local police. AD“It’s like things are coming to a head, it’s almost collecting nationwide, and I think that kind of amped up Louisville protesters,” said Haven Harrington, a community organizer on the city’s west side. “Normally people in Louisville don’t protest quite like this, to this scale. ADADWalt Smith, a 34-year-old West Louisville resident, saw the destruction of Thursday night’s gathering when he ventured out to survey the aftermath early Friday morning.
CDC chief defends failure to spot early coronavirus spread in U.S.
Most of the virus spreading in the United States can be traced to the introductions from Europe. The investigation showed low-level community transmission was happening as early as late January in California and Washington state, after importation of cases from China. That, too, is consistent with what is know about community transmission: It takes time, many weeks, to reach a critical mass that triggers alarms. The CDC report raises intriguing speculation about how the first known case in the United States may have initiated a spread in a fashion so stealthy that it was impossible to discern at the time. At that point, the standard protocol in contact tracing did not extend to potential presymptomatic spread, the CDC said.
Missouri’s last abortion clinic will stay open after ruling ends contentious year-long legal battle
ADADIn a 96-page decision issued Friday, Missouri’s Administrative Hearing Commission said the clinic’s operations were overwhelmingly safe and that the state health department wrongfully withheld its license. “Planned Parenthood has demonstrated that it provides safe and legal abortion care,” wrote commissioner Sreenivasa Rao Dandamudi. ADAD“Today’s decision is a hard-fought victory for Planned Parenthood patients — and for people across Missouri," Planned Parenthood acting president Alexis McGill Johnson said in a statement. This is what it looks like when abortion is a right in name only.”A spokesperson for the state health department declined comment. Their numerous deficiencies, which Planned Parenthood refused to correct when given the opportunity, merited closure.
As he seeks to punish China, Trump faces criticism at home over his own attacks on democratic values
Foreign policy analysts said Trump risked stepping on his own message in his escalating war of words with Beijing. China claims it is protecting national security but the truth is that Hong Kong was safe and prosperous as a free society. ADAD“Twitter is doing nothing about all of the lies & propaganda being put out by China or the Radical Left Democrat Party,” Trump tweeted Friday. “I don’t want this to happen, and that’s what the expression put out last night means,” Trump wrote. ADADBut by then, he had given an easy opening to former vice president Joseph Biden, the likely Democratic presidential nominee whom Trump has tried to paint as soft on China.
Officer charged in George Floyd’s death used fatal force before and had history of complaints
“It’s a little unusual to have essentially one a year for 19 years,” Serpas told The Washington Post. In Minneapolis, Chauvin and Floyd’s worlds overlapped. The venue’s security staff numbered in the dozens, Santamaria said, and Chauvin worked outside while Floyd worked inside. Earlier in his career, Chauvin was involved in multiple incidents in which he or other officers used fatal force. He shot Toles twice in the abdomen during a struggle, saying later that Toles tried to grab his gun.
Trump pulls military into political fray of Minneapolis unrest but is unlikely to follow through on threat
The Pentagon historically dislikes overseeing troops under federal control to handle unrest, preferring to leave them to the National Guard under state orders. Under federal orders, Cohn noted, the Defense Department picks up the majority of the cost, rather than the state. Bush deployed 4,000 active-duty soldiers and Marines to complement thousands of National Guard troops and police. Vladeck added that if the president deploys forces under federal orders, he would be responsible for whatever happens. The Minnesota National Guard said Friday that Walz had activated about 500 guard members, including some who were on duty Thursday night.
‘The Pain Is Too Intense’: Biden Challenges White Americans
I just had an opportunity to speak with the Floyd family, a group of them — most of them. Once again, we had the words, heard the words and they heard them, “I can’t breathe.” An act of brutality so elemental, it did more than deny one more black man in America his civil rights and his human rights. We need real leadership right now. We need real police reform, and hold cops to a higher standard that so many of them actually meet. We need to stand up as a nation with the black community, with all minority communities, and come together as one America.
What Trump, Biden and Obama Said About the Death of George Floyd
You know, I just had an opportunity to speak with the Floyd family, a group of them, most of them. You know, the same thing happened with [Ahmaud] Arbery, the same thing happened with Breonna Taylor, the same thing with George Floyd. Black men, black women, black children. It’s long past time that we made the promise of this nation real for all people. This is a national crisis, and we need real leadership right now.
A Justice Dept. Skeptical of Police Abuse Cases Vows to Investigate Floyd Death
“We are confronted with the stark reality this family may not see justice, even with the prevailing evidence in broad daylight from multiple camera views that there was no resisting, no physical provocation, that he was subdued and cuffed, that he said he can’t breathe, and that blood was coming out of mouth,” Mr. Johnson said.
Congress Plans Hearings on Racial Violence and Use of Force by the Police
Congress Plans Hearings on Racial Violence and Use of Force by the PoliceA top Democrat said the House would likely weigh a federal chokehold ban as leaders in the House and Senate announced hearings on race and policing. Officers arresting a protester on Friday in New York before a demonstration against police violence. Credit... Kirsten Luce for The New York Times
New York City, Battered by Outbreak, Finally Moves Toward Reopening
“I am proud of the way New York is figuring it out,” Mr. Cuomo said. But even with the strides the city has made, the road to normalcy will no doubt be steep and rocky. Since February, nearly 900,000 local jobs have vanished and thousands of businesses have closed their doors — some forever. Revenues from sales taxes are expected to drop by $1 billion, part of an estimated $9 billion budget shortfall that could push officials into risky borrowing and force drastic cuts to essential city services.
Pier 1's Going-Out-Of-Business Sale Is A Gold Mine For Cheap Home Decor
HuffPost There's a lot of cute home decor hiding at Pier 1's sitewide sale right now. After weeks and weeks of staying in, you could be tired of looking at the same pillows on your couch, wallpaper on your walls and rug on your floor. For those who are wanting to give their home an upgrade, you’re in luck: we’ve spotted a home sale that you’ll definitely want to know about. Below, we’ve rounded up some of the best home decor to get now at Pier 1. Keep in mind that things are selling out really fast, so you might not want to wait on a good deal.
Colin Kaepernick On Minneapolis Uprising: 'We Have The Right To Fight Back'
“When civility leads to death, revolting is the only logical reaction,” Kaepernick wrote Thursday. “The cries for peace will rain down, and when they do, they will land on deaf ears, because your violence has brought this resistance. We have the right to fight back!”Kaepernick concluded his tweet by adding “Rest in Power” to Floyd, a Black man who died on Monday after a white Minneapolis police officer was filmed kneeling on his neck while he was handcuffed, unarmed and pleading that he couldn’t breathe. That officer, Derek Chauvin, was eventually taken into custody on Friday and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. People have called for the three other officers involved in Floyd’s arrest ? Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng ? to be charged.
A nation at a breaking point, as Minneapolis reels from the death of George Floyd
The Minneapolis officer who kneeled on George Floyd’s neck has now been arrested, which Floyd’s family calls a “welcome but overdue step on the road to justice”
Millions of paper tax returns go unopened at short-staffed IRS
Through May 22, the agency had processed 120 million returns, down 14 percent from the same point in 2019, when the filing deadline was April 15. The deadline was delayed by three months this year because of disruptions caused by the pandemic. Nearly 90 percent of the 134 million returns filed so far were sent to the agency electronically, the report said. Filings were down 6.2 percent from 2019, but the average refund — nearly $2,900 — was similar to last year, the report said. More than 10,000 IRS employees have been told to report to offices in Kentucky, Texas and Utah on Monday.
U.S. diplomats wary of new watchdog's plans for probes into Pompeo
“He was acting in a way that was deeply inconsistent with what the State Department was trying to do,” Pompeo said of Linick. That’s unacceptable.”A representative for Linick, who had served as the inspector general since 2013, did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Pompeo’s assertions. (The State Department has never responded to questions from POLITICO about whether Pompeo had ever asked Trump to fire Moley. “Everyone’s on alert,” one State Department official said about the overall mood. Given the upcoming presidential election, it’s unlikely Trump will soon nominate anyone else to serve as the permanent inspector general, meaning Akard could keep the role for several months.
Americans need presidents to feel their pain
Joe Biden says he has spoken with George Floyd’s family, while Trump makes no mention of the events unfolding in Minneapolis during his press conference today
George Floyd's death and civil unrest thrust Jacob Frey into spotlight
Frey has called for aggressive action in the investigation into Floyd's death and expressed solidarity with the protesters while urging that the demonstrations be peaceful. George Floyd deserves, justice, his family deserves justice, the black community deserves justice and our city deserves justice." A civil rights lawyer, Frey called for weeding out biased cops while expanding community based policing. "This behavior is racist, despicable, and is well beneath the standards of any person who serves the city of Minneapolis," Frey said. “While there is no legal mechanism to prevent the president from visiting, his message of hatred will never be welcome in Minneapolis,” Frey said then.
Coronavirus vaccine: Merck and Novartis join the hunt for a COVID-19 vaccine
Several more drug manufacturers have joined the global effort to develop a coronavirus vaccine. The announcements, from Merck and Novartis, follow earlier initiatives by pharmaceutical companies Moderna and Inovio, as well as from the United Kingdom's Oxford University. Novartis tries gene-based approachAlso this week, Novartis announced it plans to make a gene-based coronavirus vaccine, which is in development at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear hospital, the Massachusetts General Hospital and the University of Pennsylvania. Early Novavax results expected soonThe Maryland-based biotechnology company Novavax said it's launched preliminary clinical trials of its coronavirus vaccine candidate. The company aims to provide vaccines for those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic: health care workers.
Joe Biden: 'More than one African-American woman' being considered for VP
Former VP Joe Biden says there is definitely "more than one African-American woman" being considered to join his ticket as Vice President.
Fmr. VP Joe Biden: 'We have to speak to' racial injustices in the U.S.
Former Vice President Joe Biden tells Craig Melvin that everyone needs to "speak to" the racial injustices in the country to make a change.
Protests underway in Houston where George Floyd grew up
Priscilla Thompson brings the latest from Houston, where protestors are saying that the filed charges against former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin are "not enough."
Tensions continue to run high across the country, officials brace for another night of unrest
Following George Floyd's death in Minnesota, protests have erupted across the country, expected to continue through tonight.
Biden: 'The words of a president matter no matter how good or bad that president is'
Former Vice President Joe Biden discusses the officer involved in George Floyd's death charged with murder and his shortlist for a running mate.
Trump: Floyd family 'entitled to justice,' people of Minnesota entitled to safety
NBC News Correspondent Hans Nichols brings the latest from the White House where the President addressed the unrest in Minnesota after not addressing it at first.
Donald Trump's Dangerous Attack on Free Speech Online
Acting to protect his own Twitter feed, Trump initiated a direct attack on free speech online. The result of Section 230 has been a happy explosion of free speech online. While different sites have different rules and boundaries, the overall breadth of free speech has been extraordinary. Many were convinced that he’d hold off politically-correct threats to free speech and also shrink the administrative state. But through his executive order, Trump is empowering attacks on citizen speech and doing so by expanding the reach of the federal bureaucracy.
National protests over George Floyd's death was 'conflagration waiting to happen'
Protesters rally against George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police on May 28, 2020, in New York City. Like Floyd's, Arbery's death was captured on cellphone video. Floyd's death occurred after Minneapolis police responded to a report of a forgery at a grocery store on Monday evening. "The accounts of how black men, although not exclusively black men, navigate their own country differs tragically from how other citizens navigate it." This moment of demonstrations across the nation and the similar cries for justice that older generations never saw realized, he said, "were a conflagration waiting to happen."
SpaceX's Starship prototype explodes after rocket engine test
SpaceX's latest Starship prototype exploded just after an engine test Friday, erupting in a dramatic fireball at the spaceflight company's South Texas proving grounds. The Starship SN4 prototype exploded shortly before 3 p.m. Related: SpaceX's Starship and Super Heavy rocket in picturesLet our news meet your inbox. This site is protected by recaptchaSpaceX successfully test-fired the Starship SN4 vehicle yesterday as part of its preparations for an upcoming launch test that could have carried the rocket about 150 meters up. As its name suggests, the Starship SN4 ("Serial No.
Wrestling coach in Washington state fired over post on George Floyd's detention
SEE NEW POSTSWrestling coach in Washington state fired over post on George Floyd's detention Wrestling coach Dave Hollenbeck's Facebook post. Dave Hollenbeck / via Facebook A high school wrestling coach in Washington state has been fired over a post about George Floyd's getting pinned down by a Minneapolis police officer. Share this -Graham calls for Senate hearing on police use of force following George Floyd's death Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., the Judiciary Committee chair, said Friday the panel would hold a hearing on officers' use of force following the police-involved death of George Floyd. The police officer and those who were there that day failed George Floyd," said Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, a law enforcement-oriented think tank based in Washington. And we want to see the other officers arrested," George Floyd's relatives and attorney Ben Crump said in a statement.
The week in 11 headlines
(CNN) The nation marked a grim milestone this week, surpassing 100,000 lives lost to coronavirus. President Donald Trump continued to spar over mail-in voting, reopening the country and social media, while protests rocked Minneapolis over the death of an unarmed black man in police custody.
The real question we should be asking Twitter about Trump
Posted a warning on a second Trump tweet on the unrest in Minnesota that the social media giant said "violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence." Even before the second incident, Trump leapt into action, issuing an executive order aimed at curtailing social media companies' ability to wade into debates over fact and truth. (It's not entirely clear how much legal latitude Trump has to actually do what he wants to with the order.) But all of that back-and-forth between Trump and Twitter overlooks the broader (and more important) question of why Trump has been allowed to push any number of demonstrably false statements via Twitter (and Facebook) without ever once being punished for doing so. The truth that tends to get lost here is just how lawless -- and therefore dangerous -- these social media giants actually are.
Trump says he's spoken to George Floyd's family
Washington (CNN) President Donald Trump said Friday that he's spoken to the family of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis earlier this week. "I want to express our nation's deepest condolences and most heartfelt sympathies to the family of George Floyd," Trump said during a roundtable event at the White House, later adding, "I spoke to members of the family -- terrific people." He's faced criticism throughout the day for a late-night tweet about looting that Twitter appended a warning to, saying it violating its rules against glorifying violence. "Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. During Friday's roundtable event, Trump denied knowing the origins of the phrase "when the looting starts, the shooting starts" saying he has heard the phrase "for a long time" and that he doesn't know where it came from or where it originated.
Supreme Court rejects appeal from Louisiana inmate with coronavirus concerns
(CNN) The Supreme Court rejected an appeal from a Louisiana inmate on Friday who argued that a state prison was not doing enough to protect him from catching Covid-19. The move effectively blocks a lower court order that required the prison to submit a plan detailing the steps it is taking to implement precautionary measures. "Laying in my bed, I can reach my left hand over and touch my neighbor," Marlowe told a lower court judge, according to court papers. "Five feet from my head is a water fountain, it's the only water fountain trafficked by every inmate in the dorm." Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said Marlowe's petition is riddled with errors and that the lower court had highlighted the fact that officials at the facility had "taken numerous steps to implement policies to contain the spread of COVID-19".
D.C. police arrest suspects in fatal shooting of 13-year-old boy in Shaw
The affidavit does not say whether police think Malachi was part of a crew or was with people who were. “The recent violence between these rival crews has resulted in several shootings and homicides,” police wrote in the affidavit. Police identified the suspects as Aaron Brown, 24; Reginald Steele, 21; Koran Jackson, 19; and Tyiion Freeman, 20. The person told police the violence stepped up after a shooting near the Shaw Metro station in 2019. In September, Tahlil Byrd, 19, was killed during a shootout in the 600 block of S Street NW.
CDC issues guidelines that could change the way we work
ADSome CDC recommendations would require investment in new equipment to improve ventilation and air filtration, and to attempt to kill germs with ultraviolet light. The guidelines call for rearranging furniture to keep workers six feet apart, and physical barriers to separate them. ADOther guidance would be a struggle for many companies to implement without moving into larger, more expensive spaces — especially to keep workers six feet apart, even on elevators. The CDC recommendations say workers should be encouraged to drive alone rather than sharing rides or taking public transportation. Employees with a sick family member were previously told to follow safety protocols; the CDC now said those workers should stay home.
Wizards cautiously begin voluntary player workouts as Washington reopens
League rules prohibit players from participating in scrimmages and coming into contact with one another during workouts. ADADLate Friday afternoon, Isaac Bonga, Anzejs Pasecniks and Jerome Robinson were spotted entering the facility for voluntary workouts, and underwent a thorough routine before even touching a basketball. The team recommends that players leave their phone, along with their keys and hat, inside the car before entering the facility. As part of the league’s guidelines for reopened practice facilities, everyone must undergo a temperature check before entering. Players had to wear masks and gloves while in the weight room, and don a mask again when entering the restroom.
Women Photograph: Photographers create a visual journal of their lives during the coronavirus pandemic
Hannah (Yoon, a freelance documentary photographer based in Philadelphia) saw the open call and volunteered to help. Charlotte Schmitz is a documentary photographer based in Berlin. " (Charlotte Schmitz)Charlotte SchmitzCharlotte Schmitz“This wall makes me wonder how many people have lived in this apartment,” says Charlotte Schmitz, a documentary photographer based in Berlin. “I haven’t lived under the same roof with my parents since I was a teenager,” says Kosofsky, a documentary photographer based in Los Angeles. Marzena Skubatz (@marzenaskubatz) is a freelance documetary photographer based in Berlin/Germany and Iceland.
Date Lab: He was looking for a ‘thin’ and ‘mildly submissive’ woman
ADADLike Ingrid, Doug is divorced and looking for a long-term relationship with someone who is “early to bed, early to bed rise.” To prepare, he showered, shaved and put on a peach button-down, collared shirt. “I’m a therapist so I asked him a bunch of questions,” Ingrid said. He shared that he was looking for, in part, a woman who is “petite,” “thin” and “mildly submissive.”“I remember panicking,” she said. “I’m slender because I run every day ... but I’m certainly not going to turn myself into that for some guy. Ingrid didn’t answer, but texted him back instead.
Stacey Abrams has ascended to political prominence. How has she harnessed so much power in so little time?
DuBose Porter, former chair of the Georgia Democratic Party, told me she is “brilliant,” praise that comes in spite of what some view as a relatively thin political résumé. In her runs for the Georgia legislature and governor, Abrams built a coalition that excited this new Georgia. These are the people who shaped Stacey Abrams’s notions of power and her Southern black political identity. Fair Fight PAC, with more than 120,000 individual donors and about $24 million in fundraising, works on voter protection with state Democratic parties. Before hanging up, we return to that subject, and Abrams again stresses her vision of political power for all people.
We wanted a new kitten. The coronavirus pandemic meant everyone else did, too.
The Saturday before the world shut down, we took a trip to the Humane Rescue Alliance adoption center on Oglethorpe Street NW in the District. I was prepared to enter a jungle of screeches and yelps and cage after cage of Margaret Keane big-eyed ragamuffins. ADADWith the obsessiveness of a pandemic hand washer, I checked the new arrivals on such sites as humanerescuealliance.org, petfinder.com, luckydoganimalrescue.org and kingstreetcats.org. After missing out on yet another kitten, this one named Cupid, I emailed his foster, Rivka Gates. Phone interviews with volunteers from Lucky Dog Animal Rescue (responsible for Crumbs & Whiskers adoptions) ensued, a home visit via FaceTime was scheduled (Did we have window screens?
Gene Weingarten: These are desperate times for us humorists
Here is something that I haven’t seen written by any other humorists because, frankly, only I would be tasteless enough to mention it. Apparently even the desperate souls in boiler rooms aren’t willing to risk their lives annoying people. ADADPresident Trump usually helps humorists out, and I have to say he came through for me. But mostly, as I think we all understand, these are very strange and disturbing times, and that is at the real heart of the humorist’s dilemma. I need to emphasize something, and I am guessing you can identify with it: We are a little nuts, particularly me.
Supreme Court won’t intervene in Louisiana prisoner’s coronavirus complaint
The Supreme Court in a short, unsigned order on Friday declined to reinstate the district judge’s decision. Earlier this week, the court had decided for now that an Ohio judge’s order that hundreds of at-risk inmates at a federal prison in Ohio be expeditiously moved because of an outbreak of the coronavirus. In that case, Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel A. Alito Jr. and Neil M. Gorsuch disagreed with the majority. ADAs of mid-May in Louisiana, his lawyers told the court, “374 prisoners and 134 Louisiana Department of Corrections staff have contracted the virus. Ten prisoners and three staff have died.”ADBut the 5th Circuit panel said Marlowe and his lawyers had not shown the prison was not taking reasonable precautions.
Trump says looting tweet is 'very accurate'
Trump says looting tweet is 'very accurate'President Trump said May 29 he didn't know the racially charged history behind "when the looting starts, the shooting starts," but that it's "very accurate."
Trump’s growing feud with Twitter fuels free-speech concerns
The tensions erupted again into public view Friday, after Twitter took the unprecedented step of limiting the reach and visibility of one of Trump’s tweets. The move left Trump and his allies seething, promising to penalize Twitter and its social media peers over unproven claims about censorship. ADAD"It is one thing for political candidates to be making aggressive statements toward tech companies and the media," said Adrian Shahbaz, the director of technology and democracy at Freedom House. ADADThe president’s attacks hinge on allegations that Twitter and other tech companies suppress conservatives, systematically limiting their reach online. In blasting the tech companies, Trump exploited vulnerabilities among an industry whose products and services remain widely popular.
Twitter’s decision to label Trump tweets was two years in the making
In late 2017, a month after congressional hearings on social media and Russian meddling, a period of soul-searching began across social media companies. This week, Twitter slapped a label on Trump himself for the first time. ADADTrump quickly directed his ire over the labels toward Twitter, and took aim at social media companies as a whole. Trump once again accused social media companies of trying to “silence” conservative voices, a claim that Trump and some Republican members of Congress have raised over the past year. The order is Trump’s latest attempt to punish social media companies for what he claims is political bias against conservatives.
Trump to headline in-person fundraisers in June, his first since coronavirus outbreak
The money will go to Trump Victory, a committee that raises money for the Trump campaign, the Republican Party and 22 state parties. About 25 people are expected to attend each event, which is a smaller gathering than many other Trump Victory fundraisers. Attendees will be tested for the coronavirus the day of the event, with testing costs covered by Trump Victory, the official said. In April, Trump narrowly outraised the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, without holding any in-person fundraisers and largely relying on his robust online fundraising machine. ADBiden has a slew of online fundraising events slated to take place over the next several weeks, including events that charge up to six figures per donor.
Derek Chauvin charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter in death of George Floyd
“It’s very important, I believe, to the family, to everybody, that the memory of George Floyd be a perfect memory. “The family of George is entitled to justice and the people of Minnesota are entitled to live in safety. The Americans will honor the memory of George and the Floyd family." And that’s the way that was meant and that’s the way I think it was supposed to be meant,” Trump said. Trump said he expressed his “sorrow” when he spoke to the Floyd family.
‘Let my building burn’: Minneapolis restaurateur prioritizes justice for George Floyd, while others bemoan the damage
“It’s a lot of rubble now,” said Stotts, who co-owns Town Talk with his wife and fellow chef, Kacey White. He and White had just taken control of Town Talk Diner a few years ago. In fact, according to his daughter, the owner of Gandhi Mahal stood by the protesters even as his building burned. At the time of the protests, Town Talk was still limited to takeout and delivery, Stotts said. The historic Town Talk Diner and Gastropub after protesters burned it to the ground.
Here’s the Lady. Where’s the Gaga?
PARELES I’m with you, Wesley. I think of that middle stretch of the album as the sci-fi section: She’s singing about herself as an interface with technology — “Is it all just virtual?” she wonders in “Enigma” — and the music takes her up on it, with all the vocal effects and harmony swoops in “911” and the way “Plastic Doll” plays hide-and-seek with the 4/4 thump, letting the machines chatter among themselves when it drops out. And “Replay,” despite its title, doesn’t go for easy nostalgia; it’s about scars and psychological torture, and even with its pumping club beat — and the trademark Gaga stutter in the chorus on “r-replay” — she’s surrounded by voices that sound like a self-doubting choir of the damned. At least for a few tracks, Gaga and her producers don’t seem so worried about fitting some format.
Minneapolis, Hong Kong, Lady Gaga: Your Friday Evening Briefing
Tim Walz of Minnesota expressed solidarity with the protesters but said that a return to order was needed to lift up the voices of “those who are expressing rage and anger and those who are demanding justice” and “not those who throw firebombs.” A curfew in Minneapolis is set for Friday and Saturday nights.
A Danish Soccer Team Invited 10,000 Fans to a Zoom Watch Party
For all the planning — moderators were hired to police the feeds for inappropriate behavior, and two fans were removed for exposing themselves — AGF officials and staff members said they were always conscious that nothing could substitute for the real thing. Though the video screens took up a large chunk of the lower tier of the main stand, most of the rest of the arena was a sea of empty gray seats, a reminder that things are not how they should be. And piped-in crowd noise — another attempt to improve the atmosphere — sometimes drowned out the fans’ Zoom-enabled cheers.
Restaurant Owner Shows Solidarity With Protesters: ‘Let My Building Burn’
A restaurant owner in Minneapolis whose building was damaged during protests has added his voice to the chorus of activists seeking justice after police killed a Black man in their custody by kneeling on his neck until he became unresponsive. Gandhi Mahal’s owner, Ruhel Islam, declared his solidarity with the protesters, his daughter Hafsa wrote in a Facebook post about the damage to the restaurant. “Let my building burn,” Hafsa wrote, quoting her dad. “Justice needs to be served, put those officers in jail.”“Gandhi Mahal May have felt the flames last night, but our [fiery] drive to help protect and stand with our community will never die!” Hafsa wrote in the post. Islam told BuzzFeed that he was heartbroken by the damage, but that he understood the protesters’ anger.
What We Know About Possible COVID-19 Treatments And Vaccines So Far
Here, experts give a breakdown on what we know, and what we don’t, about coronavirus treatments so far. Even so, the trial was stopped early and the drug was sent out to COVID-19 patients. For example, using parts of the spike protein of the virus (those “spikes” you see on renderings of COVID-19), Culver said. Other Treatment IdeasThese are far from the only treatments under consideration for COVID-19. Other treatments are less about targeting the virus, and more about controlling the overwhelming immune response in some severely ill COVID-19 patients ? often referred to as a cytokine storm.
Kylie Jenner Slams Forbes For Slamming Her Billionaire Status
Forbes magazine is making claims that will shake up your makeup: Kylie Jenner isn’t a billionaire, the outlet says. If you’re having trouble keeping up with the Kardashians, here’s what’s going on:In 2018 Forbes put Kylie on its cover saying she was on her way to being the youngest self-made billionaire. And in 2019, the magazine conferred billionaire status on Jenner. In its new story, the outlet claims the Jenner/Kardashian clan has always been after higher spots on the magazine’s annual wealth and celebrity earnings lists, and the family supposedly lied about Kylie’s wealth to do so. Forbes alleges false tax documentation was presented to the magazine in 2016, vastly inflating the value of Kylie Cosmetics.
11 Amazing Photos You Missed This Week
We’re highlighting exceptional photos from around the world for the week of May 23 to 29. Check them out below. Above: Maria Velez of Orlando, Florida, hugs the tombstone of her son Stephen at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery on Memorial Day in Seville, Ohio, on May 25, 2020. Credit: Aaron Josefczyk/Reuters
Prosecutors weigh charges in George Floyd's death as protests continue in Minneapolis
Shaquille Brewster brings the latest from Minneapolis where prosecutors are weighing charges in George Floyd's death as protests continue.
Pentagon considering military flyovers, bands for July 4 celebration
"It will have a different look than 2019 to ensure the health and safety of those attending," said White House spokesperson Judd Deere. The defense official said it is "not unusual" for the department to support such requests "with aerial displays, bands or other ceremonial support." "Any potential support would be in coordination with the White House Military Office, the Department of the Interior and with local authorities,” the official said. Last year's celebration included military vehicles, flyovers and ceremonial troops. But a group of Democratic lawmakers representing the District, Maryland and Virginia warned Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Interior Secretary David Bernhardt against holding another July Fourth celebration in a letter Tuesday.
The Week in Pictures: Hugging through plastic and crowds return to beaches
SEE NEW POSTSThe Week in Pictures: Hugging through plastic and crowds return to beaches See more photos as America passed a tragic milestone in the fight against the coronavirus. They also posted content from Natural News' sister websites, NewsTarget and Brighteon, in an effort to artificially inflate their reach. Share this -Whistleblower says Hungary discharged critically ill patients to clear space for potential coronavirus patients In April, Hungary’s government cleared out its hospitals in preparation for an intake of COVID-19 patients. In the end, Hungary only had around 3,800 infections and 600 deaths, leaving hospitals empty and sick patients forced to return home. It was, she said, “like a horror movie.” Her mother died less than a week after returning home.
Piecing together the moments before Floyd’s death
Emmanuelle Saliba of NBC Investigations analyzes new security footage, cellphone videos and police reports to piece together the moments before Floyd’s death.
Gov. Cuomo on George Floyd death: Another chapter in book of ‘Injustice and inequality in America’
On the death of George Floyd, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says, “This is not a new story, this is a continuing narrative. This is just another chapter in the book called: Injustice and inequality in America.”
Sherrilyn Ifill: Scenes from streets of Minneapolis show 'lack of faith in the justice system'
Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, joins Andrea Mitchell to discuss how the people of Minneapolis are "absolutely justified" in their lack of faith in the country's justice system and demand "accountability" for the death of George Floyd.
Michael Steele slams Trump calling Minneapolis protesters 'thugs' for expressing their anger
Michael Steele shares his thoughts on the anger and frustration African-Americans feel in response to the systemic racism they confront "every day," and criticizes President Trump for calling the protesters in Minneapolis "thugs" for expressing that anger in the wake of George Floyd's death, in stark contrast to his encouragement of people protesting stay at home orders.
Fmr. Baltimore Mayor to Minneapolis Mayor: 'Lean on' your community
Former Baltimore Mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake who led the city in 2015 when Freddie Gray was killed, advises Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey on the current situation, says he should “respect the anger” of community members.
Friday's Mini-Report, 5.29.20
* A stunning sight: "A CNN reporter and camera crew covering the protests in Minneapolis overnight were arrested on live TV on Friday morning." * Good for her: "Federal Election Commission commissioner Ellen Weintraub posted an extensive fact-checking thread to Twitter late Wednesday debunking claims by President Trump and some Republicans that mail-in voting can lead to fraud." * National Guard: "President Donald Trump announced Thursday he will extend National Guard orders authorizing domestic coronavirus response missions through mid-August, after controversy surrounding the problematic end date next month for their work." President Donald Trump appointed him in 2018." * Donald Trump tweeted this in November 2014: "Our country is totally fractured and, with our weak leadership in Washington, you can expect Ferguson type riots and looting in other places."
NAACP President: ‘There’s a level of police violence against our community that must be addressed’
NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson on the death of George Floyd: “What was unveiled last week with the unfortunate death of Mr. Floyd is what many of us in the African American community have always known. Absent the video tape, there’s a level of police violence against our community that must be addressed.”
Pennsylvania Lawmaker Under Fire for Waiting a Week to Reveal COVID-19 Diagnosis
(HARRISBURG, Pa.) — A bitter partisan fight over a Pennsylvania lawmaker’s decision to wait a week before disclosing his COVID-19 diagnosis spread to the House floor Thursday, and the state attorney general declined to investigate. “I have to believe that if Ben Franklin had COVID-19, he’d tell everyone,” Matzie said, invoking the name of a Pennsylvania hero. “Capitol staff and state House members with concerns about COVID-19 contact tracing and exposure should contact the independent chief clerk of the state House and continue to follow the guidance of the secretary of health.”Lewis’ news release said that other members and staff had also isolated. House Republican human resources officials notified people who had been within 6 feet of him for about 10 minutes, and all of them subsequently isolated themselves, Straub said. Two Republicans from Lebanon County, Reps. Russ Diamond and Frank Ryan, have said they were told of Lewis’ positive test result.
Thuy Dinh What coronavirus and the Vietnam War share: Homeschooling, distancing, fearing for your life
The coronavirus is like my experience during the Vietnam War in the sense that it erodes our idea of home — if home evokes not only shelter but also emotional solace and spiritual peace. Similarly, the Vietnam War’s devastating turning point began with the Tet Offensive, when U.S. leadership’s misrepresentations regarding the war’s costs and duration profoundly undermined public trust. On that first morning of the Tet Offensive, I was jolted awake by loud keening. This site is protected by recaptchaThe high school shelter was filled with different groups of people from various parts of the city. Coping is an outlook that came early to me, since I was quite young when the Tet Offensive occurred.
Nation's police widely condemn move used to restrain George Floyd
Most of the nation's police departments have long cautioned their officers against putting pressure on the back or neck of someone lying face down during an arrest, as Minneapolis officers did to George Floyd. There's widespread agreement in law enforcement that putting a knee on someone's neck — the move fired police Officer Derek Chauvin used to restrain Floyd — is especially dangerous. Cellphone video captured Floyd, lying facedown with his wrists handcuffed behind him, as Chauvin knelt on his neck for several minutes. As for what happened to George Floyd, Wexler said the lack of action by other police officers on the scene is especially discouraging. Several police chiefs have spoken out against the conduct of Chauvin and the other officers involved in the fatal encounter with Floyd.
Wrestling coach in Washington state fired over post on George Floyd's detention
A high school wrestling coach in Washington state has been fired over a post about George Floyd's getting pinned down by a Minneapolis police officer. Wrestling coach Dave Hollenbeck's Facebook post. Dave Hollenbeck / via FacebookScreenshots of Hollenbeck's post have been shared widely on social media. Douglas Boyles, a spokesman for the school district, said in a statement Thursday that Hollenbeck has been fired. Hollenbeck said there was no no racist intent behind the post and that he uploaded the image to defend police.
George Floyd and officer who kneeled on his neck had worked at same nightclub, former owner says
George Floyd worked at the same local nightclub as the Minneapolis police officer who was shown on video kneeling on Floyd's neck as he said, "I can't breathe." Former officer Derek Chauvin, who has been identified as the man who knelt on Floyd's neck, would provide security outside the venue. Full coverage of George Floyd’s death and protests around the countryHe was among four officers fired on Tuesday for their involvement in Floyd's detainment. Santamaria told NBC News in a phone interview on Friday that Floyd worked at the club until it was sold last year. She said Chauvin worked at the venue as an off-duty officer for the majority of the 17 years she owned it.
Trump gambles on splitting Biden's base with riot rhetoric
Biden's need to mobilize black voters is evident both in the drop-off of black turnout between 2012 and 2016 in key swing states and his vetting of black women as potential vice presidential picks. He didn't help himself when he said of African American voters who choose Trump over him, "you ain't black," on the radio show "The Breakfast Club." While Trump's campaign strategy includes limiting enthusiasm for Biden among black voters, his remarks on the Minneapolis situation mostly reflect a need to persuade swing-voting whites. "Although these voters display less racial resentment that Trump’s hardcore Southern base, it is still a part of their ideological makeup. Perhaps in reaction to a swift backlash, Trump tried to walk it back with an addendum on Twitter Friday afternoon.
Mass shootout caught on camera near Kyiv, Ukraine
Up to 100 men were reportedly involved in the gunfight, a showdown between rival groups competing for control of lucrative local bus routes.
Nation's police widely condemn move used to restrain George Floyd
SEE NEW POSTSNation's police widely condemn move used to restrain George Floyd Most of the nation's police departments have long cautioned their officers against putting pressure on the back or neck of someone lying face down during an arrest, as Minneapolis officers did to George Floyd. There's widespread agreement in law enforcement that putting a knee on someone's neck — the move fired police Officer Derek Chauvin used to restrain Floyd — is especially dangerous. The police officer and those who were there that day failed George Floyd," said Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, a law enforcement-oriented think tank based in Washington. Share this -Family of George Floyd calls officer's arrest 'a welcome but overdue step' "The arrest of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the brutal killing of George Floyd is a welcome but overdue step on the road to justice. And we want to see the other officers arrested," George Floyd's relatives and attorney Ben Crump said in a statement.
Watch: Trump holds roundtable with industry executives on reopening
Watch coverage as President Trump participates in a roundtable with industry executives on reopening amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Drive-in concerts may be the answer to the summer shows you're missing
(CNN) Missing live music? NOW SHOWING - URBAN UNDERGROUND ? A huge THANK YOU to all @VUMChealth frontline workers who attended tonight's special show at the drive in! @VUMChealth @VUMCchildren @LiveNation @stardustdrivein #frontline pic.twitter.com/E7BfOQL7dQD-Nice also celebrated frontline workers with a recent drive-in concert in Miami, hosted by The Roots. "People miss live music. They miss the magic and energy that seeing live music brings."
Graham calls for Senate hearing on police use of force following George Floyd's death
SEE NEW POSTSGraham calls for Senate hearing on police use of force following George Floyd's death Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., the Judiciary Committee chair, said Friday the panel would hold a hearing on officers' use of force following the police-involved death of George Floyd. “We intend to shine a bright light on the problems associated with Mr. Floyd’s death, with the goal of finding a better way forward for our nation," Graham said in a statement. Share this -George Floyd and officer who kneeled on his neck had worked at same nightclub, former owner says George Floyd worked at the same local nightclub as the Minneapolis police officer who was shown on video kneeling on Floyd's neck as he said, "I can't breathe." The police officer and those who were there that day failed George Floyd," said Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, a law enforcement-oriented think tank based in Washington. And we want to see the other officers arrested," George Floyd's relatives and attorney Ben Crump said in a statement.
Trump: George Floyd's family 'is entitled to justice'
There's widespread agreement in law enforcement that putting a knee on someone's neck — the move fired police Officer Derek Chauvin used to restrain Floyd — is especially dangerous. "There hasn't been one person, one police chief, anyone I've talked to, who doesn't see this exactly the same way. The police officer and those who were there that day failed George Floyd," said Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, a law enforcement-oriented think tank based in Washington. Share this -Family of George Floyd calls officer's arrest 'a welcome but overdue step' "The arrest of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the brutal killing of George Floyd is a welcome but overdue step on the road to justice. And we want to see the other officers arrested," George Floyd's relatives and attorney Ben Crump said in a statement.
Going out with a bang: 10 Utah Valley high schools celebrate grads with simultaneous fireworks
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READ: Declassified summaries of Michael Flynn's calls with former Russian ambassador
(CNN) Senate Republicans have released summaries of call transcripts between President Donald Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and the former Russian ambassador to the US that are at the center of Flynn's guilty plea and the Justice Department's decision to drop the charges against him.
Cedar Valley High Grad Designs CPR Device After Losing Both Parents
EAGLE MOUNTAIN, Utah – Cedar Valley High School celebrated its first-ever graduating class this spring, with Kennedy Hall among the graduating Aviators. “It’s a big deal to get chosen for that scholarship,” said Kenyon Christen, assistant principal at Cedar Valley High. “She had a heart attack when I was 15.”She said both her parents were given CPR but did not survive. “They maybe could have still been here.”The device is not currently in production, but maybe one day it will be. Hall moved from Montana to Eagle Mountain to live with her aunt and uncle after her parents passed away.
North Shore residents raise concerns over large gatherings on beaches
The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources broke up the party at Ka'ena Point State Park late Sunday night, where they reported well over 170 cars parked along the side of the road. They say it took more than four hours to clear everyone out.
California school districts could forgo attendance, standardized tests during coronavirus pandemic
SAN FRANCISCO — In a conversation with Bay Area school leaders, the state’s top educator said Thursday that plans are underway to extend school districts’ current flexibility to stop taking attendance or to drop standardized tests during the coronavirus pandemic. The state superintendent made the comments during a televised special conversation on ABC7 with San Francisco Unified School District Superintendent Vincent Matthews, Oakland Unified School District Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammel and San Jose Unified School District Superintendent Nancy Albarran. Gavin Newsom in March that stipulate school districts will be fully funded despite not taking attendance, school districts across the state are eagerly awaiting a decision from state officials on a possible extension or a new funding model. “We are going to need flexibility to plan adequately. Thurmond said his department has created a task force to draft guidelines for the state’s 1,037 public school districts to reopen for the new school year.
Rancho Cordova man deals with long-term effects of COVID-19
That happens to be one of the places the coronavirus really likes.”The 39-year-old’s health may never be the same as he deals with the long-term consequences. However, many survivors, like Rancho Cordova’s Justin Wilhite, are suffering from the long-term effects of the virus. Wilhite first contracted the virus in late-March and added two more visits to the emergency room -- for a total of four visits to the ER. KCRA 3 Justin Wilhite“Now I have pleurisy, dealing with a constant burning in my lungs and in pain," Wilhite said. That happens to be one of the places the coronavirus really likes.”The 39-year-old’s health may never be the same as he deals with the long-term consequences.
Cat trapped between brick walls is rescued by officers in Cathedral City; officials search for owner
A cat was rescued after becoming trapped between two brick walls earlier this week, and officials are now trying to track down her owner, the Riverside County Department of Animal Services said Thursday. The supervisor sent out Officer Cole Woods with a tranquilizer, which calmed the cat and allowed officers to pull her to safety. Now officials are trying to figure out the feline became trapped in the first place as they also look to find the owner. “I am so happy our officers safely saved this cat and we gave her the veterinary care she needed,” Animal Services Director Julie Bank said in the release. “The great mystery is just how did this cat get stuck?
George Floyd and Derek Chauvin once worked overlapping security shifts at the same nightclub
(CNN) George Floyd and the former Minneapolis police officer seen in a video with his knee on Floyd's neck before he died worked at the same nightclub, according to the venue's former owner. Derek Chauvin and Floyd worked security at the El Nuevo Rodeo club, down the street from Minneapolis' Third Precinct , according to Maya Santamaria, the club's former owner who sold the venue within the last few months. Floyd, who Santamaria called a "great guy" known for his big smile, often worked as an extra security guard on Tuesdays when the club held popular "urban" music nights. Chauvin served as an off-duty police officer for the club for almost 17 years. Chauvin faces charges of third-degree murder and manslaughter in connection with Floyd's death, according to Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman.
'No veteran should be treated this way': Billings woman searches for husband's remains lost in mail
BILLINGS — A Billings woman is searching for answers after a spring trip to Spain left her husband dead from COVID-19 and his remains lost in the mail. She believes the remains of her husband Donald Tyler, 69, are located somewhere in Chicago at one of three U.S. Billings woman searching for husband's remains lost in mailTyler said Thursday it became the couple’s annual plans to travel abroad and explore other countries. “When I retired 10 years ago, we decided to take a trip, an overseas trip to see the world,” she said. Still, she says she has a memorial service to plan with or without her husband’s remains.
The future of the bra is up for the debate in the pandemic
The pandemic hasn’t changed my bra habits as much as it’s simply changed the ratio of “caring” and “not caring” how I look. Now though, I “care” about 1 percent of the time, so my bra usage reflects that. I went braless once to the grocery store recently and experienced a strange feeling of both vulnerability and bravado. As much as I hate to admit it, not wearing a bra felt like more emotional and mental work. So, when I took my 1-year-old for his wellness exam last week, I wore a bra despite being mad about it.
Here are 13 of the week’s best photos
Zip-lining during a school’s graduation; the first crewed rocket launch from U.S. soil in nearly a decade was scrubbed because of weather; protests ensue in Minneapolis over the death of a black man by a white police officer. Here’s a look at 13 of the best photos of the week, selected by photo editors at The Washington Post.
PM Update: A shower or rumble into the early night ahead of a sun-filled weekend
Radar courtesy MyRadar | © OpenStreetMap contributorsTemperatures reached the mid-to-upper 80s today, making it the warmest day of the year so far in many spots. It delivered a few storms earlier, and it may send a couple more showers or a rumble before it moves on. Otherwise, the trend is a sunnier one, although it could be a slow go well to the south and east. Pollen update: Grass pollen is moderate/high at 8.63 grains per cubic meter of air. Mold spores are moderate/high at 6712.86 grains per cubic meter.
Where high school football has no offseason, there has been a lot to tackle
From Georgia to Tennessee to Louisiana, realities have varied while similarities have appeared. ADADIn eastern Tennessee, where Maryville High basks in a 17th state title as of this past Dec. 7, school lunches remained available through the school year. For those players and students lacking transportation to access them, 12 Maryville coaches made deliveries. In Tennessee, where the school district gives each student a laptop, Hunt has opted mostly for the elder invention of the phone call. McCullough said from Louisiana, ahead of workouts slated for June 8, “I don’t think there will be that big of a difference.
Power Five conferences ask Congress to ‘not wait for the NCAA’ on player compensation
Individual state legislation could lead to uneven standards across the country and within conferences. In April, the NCAA announced its Board of Governors supported rule changes that allowed athletes to be paid for endorsements. The board already had identified guiding principles that it said would maintain college athletics’ role as part of higher education. So, time is of the essence.”The commissioners outlined nine principles rooted in maintaining athletes’ status as students, rather than employees, and avoiding a pay-for-play model. Universities cannot pay athletes for playing their sports or indirectly pay athletes by allowing university sponsors or athletic department boosters to enter into agreements with athletes for their names, images and likenesses.
In Puerto Rico, an economic disaster looms amid fears of coronavirus
“We didn’t base our response to the pandemic on fears of the economic consequences.”Vázquez Garced’s stay-at-home policies curbed new infections without overwhelming Puerto Rico’s compromised health system. ADAD“The Puerto Rico government made a tough choice to save lives, but it came at a cost. Critics say data collection has been abysmal, and Puerto Rico is not testing enough people for the virus. Javier Nolla founded Sojourn Puerto Rico, an archaeological tour company that took visitors deep inside the island, in 2017. ADADGiovanni Roberto founded a social kitchen near the University of Puerto Rico to help feed struggling college students in Rio Piedras.
Trump’s defense of his ‘shooting’ tweet doesn’t make much sense
ADAD“I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis,” Trump wrote. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Then the controversial follow-up: The federal government would “assume control” if there was difficulty, but “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” That loaded phrase, then an incongruous “thank you” to … someone. Honor the memory of George Floyd!”That explanation itself doesn’t entirely make sense, and not only due to its convenience as a rationalization. AD“We have witnessed again the media’s relentless twisting of President Trump’s words, and the Democrats seizing on that, to take the entire nation down the worst road imaginable,” the statement read.
Virginia must look out for its refugees during the coronavirus crisis
ADClinical providers, refugee resettlement organizations and other community partners work together to provide mental-health care to refugees throughout Virginia. They also promote connections among participants who can offer social support to refugees that is vital during the period of resettlement. Providers in Virginia are already working to address the added difficulties imposed by the coronavirus crisis and stay-at-home orders. ADThe Virginia Refugee Healing Partnership (VRHP) — the statewide coordinator of refugee mental health services — is also working to adjust programming to online modalities. The Center for Survivors of Torture has also compiled online mental-health resources and translated materials about the coronavirus.
George Wallace was too extreme for the GOP. Now, Trump channels him.
ADADThe president had initially and properly mourned Floyd’s “very sad and tragic death,” but in the early morning hours of Friday, he struck an incendiary tone. Richard M. Nixon pioneered this so-called Southern Strategy, but he was much more subtle than Trump, because he didn’t want to alienate white liberals or embrace segregationism. On the other hand, you can’t have progress without order.”ADADCan you imagine Trump saying that? They start a riot down there, first one of ‘em to pick up a brick gets a bullet in the brain, that’s all. The president is pouring gasoline on the flames of racial division, and the Republican Party is holding the jerrycan for him.
'Big Bang Theory' Writer on Human Creativity - The New York Times
To help unravel this puzzle, here are five theses on creativity:Thesis No. A different way of talking can suddenly make our world seem new. Here’s an example: In the Middle Ages, a road was something people walked on, the ocean a terrifying expanse of blue. But when the anonymous author of the Old English epic poem “Beowulf” called the ocean a “whale-road,” he made his readers experience the ocean afresh. The ocean may be an obstacle for us land-bound humans, but for whales it’s a road.
Covid-19 Lockdown is Ending. Patients Are Still Suffering. - The New York Times
I hope we will be able to give him that news. But his father’s lungs are no better and I cannot change that. All we can do is manage his ventilator and take meticulous care of his other organs. He was working as a cabdriver and living in a crowded apartment when he got sick. The notes tell me that he liked to play soccer and that his children are in Cape Verde waiting for him.
Opinion | Black Journalists Are Exhausted
These are some of the reasons I left staff writing jobs to freelance. On top of the anxiety and exhaustion of freelancing in a shrinking industry, for those of us who focus on black communities, every pitch is a precarious shooting of one’s shot if the gatekeeper is a white editor unfamiliar with your work. We wonder if rejections are about the story idea or the fact that it focused on a black person or issue specific to black people.
Opinion | President Trump Is a Doughnut
Not implausible. Barr is Trump’s hired gun. He is to justice what a hit man is to due process. Of late, Trump has turned to “horrifying lies.” That’s how the widower of Lori Klausutis, who died almost 20 years ago in the Florida office of Joe Scarborough, then a Republican congressman and now an MSNBC news host, has described Trump’s recent slandering of Scarborough. In tweets, Trump has called Scarborough a “psycho” and asks if he may have gotten “away with murder.”
George Floyd Updates: Former Minneapolis Officer Is Charged With Murder
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CNN Arrest Is What Actual Censorship Looks Like
Then the producer is arrested, then the cameraman, until finally an officer picks up the camera and walks it off, the screen jostling into motion as if we, the audience, were being taken into custody, for getting too close, for seeing too much, for looking at someone the wrong way.
Analysis: Judges deal Texans more confusion about voting by mail
Then the judges sided with the people who actually run elections, saying they don’t have to ask voters what disability they’re claiming. If a voter properly fills out the request to vote by mail and gives “disability” as their reason, the election administrators can send mail ballots. That doesn’t make them hypocrites — they’re here to tell you what the absentee voting law says, even if that law is full of holes. They made a provision for themselves that the law doesn’t, in their view, allow them to make for the state’s voters. Local election officials were told to mark the floors to keep voters 6 feet apart in line and at voting stations.
Gov. Greg Abbott condemns the death of George Floyd as “horrific” and “a consequence of poor police work”
The death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed Monday in Minneapolis police custody, was “horrific,” Gov. Abbott, speaking during an interview with KPRC-TV, didn’t comment on the protests that have rocked Minneapolis since Floyd’s death. “It should not have happened,” Abbott said of Floyd’s death. “The police killing of Mr. George Floyd has to be the light which brings an end to the darkness of the atrocities committed by police officers against Black people. Protests have raged there over Floyd’s death, with more gatherings expected in Texas over the weekend.
Three top Texas GOP officials who oppose expanding mail-in voting have each used it
Patrick is a regular voter in both local and state elections and favors casting his ballot during the early voting period. Greg Abbott cast a mail-in ballot in a 1997 special election when he was a justice on the Texas Supreme Court. GOP state officials have opposed the effort, arguing in part that mail-in voting should remain limited because it is vulnerable to fraud. There are documented cases of fraud in mail-in voting in Texas. State lawmakers in 2017 passed a measure to widen the definition of mail-in ballot fraud, boost penalties for certain offenses and strengthen rules for signature verification on mail-in ballots.
Texas A&M System makes plans for how to handle in-person instruction this fall
This is just one of the measures in a plan Texas A&M University System officials approved Friday in an effort to create social distance in traditionally crowded classrooms. A&M is the first major university system in the state to formally adopt plans for the fall, though officials warned there is much more work to be done before classes begin in August. The University of Texas System has not yet released concrete guidance on how classes and other activities will proceed at its 14 institutions. The University of Texas System got $172.5 million for its 14 institutions. Disclosure: Texas A&M System and the University of Texas System have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors.
Millions jobless, benefits hard to get – We need a federal unemployment system
| Nam Y. Huh / APThe current federal-state unemployment insurance (UI) system in the United States was a disaster waiting to happen. Even with the benefits made available through the CARES Act, millions continue to suffer because the system is not meeting their needs. Every state has a different unemployment insurance program, some with computer operating systems that are decades old. The Unemployment Insurance system was originally enacted in 1935 as part of the Social Security Act. Much like Social Security or Medicare, we need a unified, uniform system across the country.
Immigrants in Limbo Speak Out
The reach of the Supreme Court’s decision, after all, could go well beyond the almost 650,000 immigrants with DACA status. The vast majority of the more than 300,000 current TPS recipients are from El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti. But Trump is dead set on ending TPS for immigrants from six nations: El Salvador, Honduras, Haiti, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan. And the COVID-19 pandemic has only added to the reasons why TPS recipients should be allowed to stay, with a pathway to citizenship. But she is now among the estimated 195,000 Salvadoran TPS recipients whose fate hangs in the balance.
Human Capital Stock
If they talked themselves into some favorable real estate deals, surely they can talk themselves out of a global health and economic crisis, right? Worried about the severely lacking coronavirus testing capability? That’s been passed off to the states in one of the most tremendously wonderful Testing Blueprints the world has ever seen—so get back to work now! (Just ask top White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett how thrilled our nation’s “human capital stock” is about the future.) Rather than actually doing everything they can to fight the virus and leveraging the power of the federal government, the Trump Administration instead focuses on talking down mortality numbers, patting themselves on the back, and sending out tweets.
Trump’s Dangerous Drug of Choice
President Donald Trump and I have something in common: we both take the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine. Of 96,000 patients in 671 hospitals given hydroxychloroquine, one in six of those taking the drug alone died, while one in four patients died if they were on hydroxychloroquine and an antibiotic. The death rate among patients not taking the drug at all was one in 11. The drug prevents my immune system from attacking my body on a daily basis; eases the swelling of my joints; stops skin rashes; makes me less light sensitive; prevents blood clots and organ damage. But the trials were halted after a study in the medical journal the Lancet found that patients taking the drug were dying at a much higher rate.
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins on Battling COVID-19, and the Governor, as Texas Reopens
This isn’t the first time Jenkins has navigated a major public health threat. Clay Jenkins: The governor is telling you what is legal, we’re working with local health care experts to tell you what is safe. More broadly, what’s your take on Texas’ decentralized public health system that generally means the state defers to local governments in public health emergencies? Within five days, Harris County, Bexar County, Travis County, El Paso County had moved to adopt the Dallas County safer-at-home posture. Does Dallas have enough COVID-19 testing and contact tracing?
Coronavirus in Texas: Chevron plans to lay off thousands while Exxon Mobil says it has no such plans
Chevron said it would lay off 15% of its employees while Exxon Mobil has no plans for such cuts, the Houston Chronicle reported. Chevron said in a statement that it was “streamlining our organizational structures to reflect the efficiencies and match projected activity levels. Greg Abbott is extending the early voting period for an unspecified amount of time during the November election as concerns continue to persist around in-person voting during the coronavirus pandemic. The petition was signed by Steven Hotze, state Rep. Bill Zedler, R-Arlington, and a handful of Texas business owners and pastors. Texas reported 1,855 more cases of the new coronavirus Thursday, bringing the total number of known cases to 59,776.
Is El Paso ready to reopen? Not all Texas officials agree.
EL PASO - When El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego visited COVID-19 testing sites around the county this week, he came away encouraged at the progress officials have made to ramp up testing for the new coronavirus amid a surge in new cases this month. On May 1, when some state restrictions were lifted, El Paso County had 961 positive coronavirus cases. Abbott granted the county a one-week delay, and sent several state response teams comprised of National Guard members to increase testing in El Paso. Margo said the situation in El Paso is more manageable now and he's encouraged that the county's positivity rate has dropped to 8 percent. "The people of El Paso and the workers on the front lines should be incredibly proud of these results.“Dr. Hector Ocaranza, El Paso's City/County Local Health Authority, urged caution as El Paso expands business operations.
Dem lawmakers join Biden slamming Trump for not protecting workers – People's World
None of this satisfied panel Democrats, who wanted to know why the agency isn’t proactive, rather than reactive, in mandating employers protect workers from the virus. That includes more than 100 dead health care workers and dozens of workers at meat and poultry processing plants. “The agency is doing everything it can to provide guidance” to firms, Sweatt replied. “I suggest you act proactively,” Levin told Sweatt. If you enjoy reading People’s World and the stories we bring you, support our work by becoming a $5 monthly sustainer today.
While Minneapolis burned immigrant prisoners in Sherburne County jail started hunger strike
Before the coronavirus outbreak, the immigrant jail was already crowded, but now it's become a major health danger. In a press statement, Interfaith Coalition on Immigration (ICOM) announced that immigrant detainees had begun a hunger strike at the Sherburne County jail in Elk River, Minnesota. ICOM explained that the hunger strikers have asked for their release from Sherburne County Jail. In Minnesota, the Sherburne County jail houses more immigrant detainees than any other county facility. This results in profit for the county.”Federal prisoners are preferred in Sherburne County jail because they generate more revenue for the jail.
George Floyd’s murder: The spark for a powderkeg of racism
Greg KearneyGreg Kearney was born in Maine and has worked as an editorial cartoonist for over 40 years. A “traditional labor Democratic,” his cartoons have appeared in publications as diverse as the Journal of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union to People's World. “You may not always agree with my views but that is the whole point of editorial cartooning.” Kearney is a member of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists.
3rd degree murder charge for George Floyd’s killer; activists say #RaiseTheDegree
A protestor sprays a message demanding justice on a wall near the Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct, Thursday, May 28, 2020. Tim Walz acknowledged the “abject failure” of the response to this week’s protests and called for swift justice for officers involved. Protests spread across the U.S., fueled by outrage over Floyd’s death, and years of violence against African Americans at the hands of police. Protests first erupted Tuesday, a day after Floyd’s death in a confrontation with police captured on widely seen citizen video. In Mississippi, the mayor of the community of Petal resisted calls to resign following his remarks about Floyd’s death.
George Floyd’s execution and the burning of a precinct
A protester raises his clenched fist in front of the burning 3rd Precinct building of the Minneapolis Police Department on Thursday, May 28, 2020. | Julio Cortez / APMy police department murdered a man on Monday. Murder implies some sort of emotional act or cold, non-feeling release by a psychopath. I say all that to say this to skeptical readers: take my momentary experience and multiply it. Maybe if they read this, they will begin to understand what is happening in my city tonight.
The Coronavirus Thrives on Hate
The Nation is reader supported: Chip in $10 or more to help us continue to write about the issues that matter. I was there filming a documentary about queer South Korean nightlife. Facing institutionalized queerphobia, South Korean LGBTQ grassroots groups banded together to call out the unethical journalism that essentially outed Patient 66. They named the unnecessary incursions on privacy being carried out by local public health authorities, including the release of personally identifiable information that could reveal someone’s Covid-19 status. Whether or not you stand with us will determine if America can beat the coronavirus or if hate will fuel a second, third, or even fourth wave.19
Workers Need a ‘Newer Deal’ to Tackle This Crisis
Unemployment Then and NowIn 1933, the height of the Great Depression, the US unemployment rate reached a stunning 24.9 percent. His inability to truly take in what was right in front of his eyes only lengthened the Great Depression. By July 1932, stocks were worth only 20 percent of their 1929 values and the country had plunged into the Great Depression. Relief efforts have been skewed toward helping banks and big corporations rather than the Main Street economy. As President Roosevelt told Americans in the midst of the Great Depression: “There is a mysterious cycle in human events.
Trump’s Twitter Tirade Is the Tantrum of a Troll
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Nation believes that helping readers stay informed about the impact of the coronavirus crisis is a form of public service. This week Twitter finally did what it should have been doing for the past four years: It slapped a fact-check warning on one of Trump’s idiotic tweets, about mail-in voting and ballot fraud. He is at center stage among the trolls and conspiracymongers who have made social media such an unpleasant space. He has used his Twitter platform to label the media “the enemy of the people” and whip up crowds to commit acts of violence against journalists they perceive as hostile to Trump’s agenda. Stay healthy, stay righteously angry, and above all, stay focused on the big issues.
Unemployment Insurance Is a Vital Part of Economic Freedom
Increasing unemployment insurance is a standard response to any recession, and with so much of the economy shut down, it is particularly essential now. Finally, if this expansion of unemployment insurance continues, it may help reorient ideas about social insurance more generally. But unemployment insurance remains a vital part of economic freedom that only the public itself can provide. Unemployment insurance will be part of that solution, and that’s why it is worth fighting for. Editor’s note: A previous version of this article misstated the name of an organization providing analysis of unemployment insurance.
‘When the looting starts, the shooting starts’: Trump revives segregationist war cry
"The shooting starts": Minneapolis Police officers deploy to a parking lot near the Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct, following a rally for George Floyd on May 26, 2020. | Richard Tsong-Taatarii / Star Tribune via APOn the day following George Floyd’s lynching by officers of the Minneapolis Police Department, President Donald Trump announced an FBI investigation into what happened. By Friday morning, he was reviving the war cries of the segregationist South on Twitter. When it comes to Black people demanding justice for another police killing, though, there is no deal to be made. Trump didn’t credit the original author of his “When the looting starts” quote, but a simple Google search will tell you where it comes from.
It’s Time to Cancel the Rent
The other, the Rent and Mortgage Cancellation Act, introduced by Representative Ilhan Omar, would cancel both rents and mortgages for the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic. Both proposals offer rent relief, not rent cancellation. Current Issue View our current issueSome cities and states launched their own rent relief programs in March and April. In this way, rent relief or rent assistance is a pandemic response modeled on the failing Section 8 program. Is it any wonder that rent relief is supported by the National Association of Realtors, consistently a top-three spender among national lobbying groups?
Why Britain Is in an Uproar Over a Tory Lockdown Scofflaw
Defending Dominic Cummings breaking multiple rules surrounding the lockdown has united the country in fury. It causes widespread fury because people have given up so much for the lockdown. At the Liaison Committee on Wednesday, Johnson was savaged by MPs from all parties over Cummings. Even Tory MPs have railed against “inconsistencies” in Cummings’s account of the law-breaking trip. Cummings is not a working-class commoner; he comes from a family rich enough to own three houses on a vast stretch of land.
Trump’s Social Media Executive Order Shows Just How Low He’ll Go to Win
“This order, if issued, would be a blatant and unconstitutional threat to punish social media companies.”That’s true. But this is about more than Trump’s feud with the managers of a social media platform. To do that, the Democratic campaign must provide a robust defense of freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and Net neutrality—the First Amendment of the Internet. Biden and his supporters have to make this fight central to their 2020 campaign and explain what’s at stake. Democrats must mount a campaign that champions freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and the right to tell presidents they are wrong.
Reclaiming Harrisburg
“He has taken on luxury hotel developers to fight for the rights of housekeepers, and he helped win back 1,000 jobs for cafeteria workers after budget cuts to the Philadelphia School District resulted in layoffs. He is someone we can count on to fight for working people.” Saval is one of two Reclaim Philadelphia leaders running for positions in the Pennsylvania legislature. Krajewski organized a field program for Philadelphia district attorney (DA) Larry Krasner when Reclaim organized around his campaign in 2017. Now Reclaim is working with Pennsylvania Stands Up to elect its movement allies to positions in Harrisburg, the state capital. Reclaim begins organizing members by meeting with them one-on-one to discuss their political motivations and establish shared interests and goals.
A Socialist Takes on Big Real Estate in North Brooklyn
In November 1918, a real estate dealer named Joseph Lentol beat a socialist incumbent for a state assembly seat in what was then Brooklyn’s 14th district. Since then, Lentol men – two out of three of them named Joe — upholding the interests of the real estate industry have represented the area for three generations. But this year, the current Joe Lentol – grandson of the first – might lose his seat to a socialist. But her work with fellow community activists in North Brooklyn gave her another perspective. She ran for district leader in 2016 and lost narrowly, and soon after was appointed to the community board.
How the CIA Learned to Rock
James Jesus Angleton, chief of CIA counterintelligence from 1954 to 1975, was nicknamed “the Poet.” Before he was a spy, he had literary aspirations. But there was one creative field where the CIA was more populist: music. The CIA was well aware that the Soviet Union was calling attention to American racism. As Wilford uncovered, Simone was sent on a tour to Nigeria in 1961 by the American Society of African Culture, a CIA front organization. She called it, ‘the United Snakes of America.’” CIA and Culture How the CIA Tricked the World’s Best Writers Patrick LawrenceOne of the great merits of Wind of Change is that it directly confronts what is morally troubling about spy agencies’ funding art.
States Are Copying and Pasting Immunity Laws for Nursing Home Executives
In recent years, lawmakers have been caught stealthily copying and pasting identical corporate-friendly provisions into law in states across the country. The spread of the corporate immunity provisions — which appear to have originated in New York Gov. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is currently pushing a broader, national version of immunity for corporate executives. Andrew Cuomo signed the corporate immunity provision into New York law on April 3. New York appears to be patient zero in the spread of the corporate immunity provision.
Argentina and the Future of Finance Capitalism
Far better to agree to a sustainable debt restructuring. The IMF has recently outlined what Argentina can sustainably pay—an inconvenient truth that the country’s creditors would like to ignore. The first offer made by BlackRock called for Argentina to pay roughly twice what the IMF had determined the country could afford. Debt restructuring requires postponing payments a country can’t make today, adding them into payments down the line. Also bear in mind that debt restructuring is supposed to be sustainable, so that future payments shouldn’t be that risky), the creditors were asking Argentina to pay a huge premium for the right to postpone.
Social Media Companies Can’t Be Trusted to Protect Our Democracy
President Trump’s tweets now come with a warning label. Trump and his supporters howled “censorship!” accusing the social media company of silencing conservative voices. Trump’s tweet, the social media company announced, “violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence.”The spat is just the latest go-round in the Twitter-Trump dance. This legitimacy crisis is not an artifact of our filtered social media streams, nor is the political unrest and polarization that characterizes the present moment algorithmically generated. Social media platforms have become an important element of modern political life, and as such, public social media content should absolutely be constrained by societal norms, values, and standards.
Don’t Buy Dave Rubin’s Book
Review of Don’t Burn This Book: Thinking for Yourself in an Age of Unreason , by Dave Rubin (Sentinel, 2020). —Dave Rubin, Don’t Burn This Book . Classical Liberalism™ By far the worst portions of Don’t Burn This Book are the sections where Rubin tries to spell out his own interpretation of classical liberal philosophy. True liberalism, classical liberalism, was the political philosophy I was looking for. What does it mean to “spread ideas of human freedom?” Whose conception of freedom counts?
Video: New Yorkers Join National Demonstrations Demanding Justice for George Floyd
Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of lower Manhattan on Thursday in response to the police killing of George Floyd. The group gathered at Union Square Park at 3 p.m. calling for an end to police brutality. Activists circled Union Square and headed downtown toward City Hall, flanked by NYPD on bicycles and motorcycles and in cars. Two minors were arrested for writing “BLACK LIVES MATTER” in chalk on the marble facade of City Hall. Protesters linked arms when confronted by the police in Union Square and crowded in together to reach City Hall’s steps.
“No Matter How Different the Movements Were, the LAPD Targeted Every One of Them”
Interview by Meagan DayThe 1960s in Los Angeles were explosive. The LAPD brutally enforced segregation, raided gay bars, policed the counterculture, and repressed radical students and anti-war protestors. But the working class of Los Angeles fought back against the police and the city elite with passion and muscle. Jacobin’s Meagan Day spoke to Mike Davis and Jon Wiener about their new book, Set the Night on Fire: L.A. in the Sixties (Verso 2020), which covers everything from the causes of the Watts rebellion to the outsize role of the local Communist Party in city politics to the persecution of Venice, “the last poor beach” in Los Angeles.
Major Public Defense Nonprofit in New York Is Unionizing
Major Public Defense Nonprofit in New York Is UnionizingAn exterior view of the Bronx Civil Supreme Court on May 1, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/WireImage)One of the nation’s most respected public defender nonprofits is unionizing, the latest in a surge of union drives at prominent nonprofits across the country. The Bronx Defenders, a large nonprofit that defends low-income people in the Bronx, New York, told management today that they intend to unionize with the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys, an affiliate of the UAW. But one factor stood out more than any other: the potential for burnout among public defenders and those who work alongside them. Employees at the Bronx Defenders expect the same.)
Construction Workers and the Gig Economy
Construction Workers and the Gig Economy Construction Workers and the Gig Economy Misclassification is a business model that depends on tax, insurance, and payroll fraud. The California Chamber of Commerce, business associations, and gig economy employers strenuously opposed the bill. On December 30, Uber and Postmates filed suit to block the law, claiming that is was a “thinly veiled attempt” to harm gig economy businesses. Today, there are an estimated 300,000 construction workers in the United States who are improperly classified as independent contractors and another 1.2 million construction workers who are paid off the books in cash. New York, New Jersey, and Illinois are also considering expanding the test to gig economy employers as a result of AB 5.
As Florida Reopens, the Health Crisis in Immokalee Deepens
orgIn April, we spoke with Oscar Otzoy of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) about their fight for access to testing and healthcare. Immokalee has fewer than 30,000 people but has hundreds of cases, more than Fort Lauderdale, a city of 182,000. “Unfortunately, what we’ve seen is that cases have been increasing rapidly every day,” Gonzalo said through a translator. During all this, the governor of Florida has continued to move toward reopening, declaring victory over the virus. Gonzalo said,It’s really sad to see that our own governor is ignoring the issues that are happening right here in town.
Say It Ain’t So, Joe: Rahm Emanuel??
He began as a staffer in the Clinton White House where he helped push through NAFTA, then went to Wall Street to make his fortune (he made $16 million in less than three years). As head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, he arranged to load up the House Financial Services Committee with Wall Street Democrats who sought the prized seat to raise lots of Wall Street money and protect Wall Street’s financial interests. Obama, looking for someone who knew Congress, selected Emanuel as his White House chief of staff, where he was a force for lowballing recovery outlays. The two have been doing a public mating ritual, but the Wall Street Democrats close to Biden will do everything possible to keep her from being named. Rahm Emanuel!
Free Face Masks May Be Coming to a Durham Bus Stop Near You
In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, face masks will soon be available to Durham County residents deemed most at-risk for contracting the virus. This week, the Durham County Board of County Commissioners updated an initiative known as the Face Covering Project that will make available more than 50,000 masks to select communities. On April 19, Durham city and county leaders issued an amended stay-at-home order mandating that all residents wear a “clean face covering” in public spaces. Part of the reasoning behind the Face Covering Project is that a significant number of impoverished Durham residents can’t afford the masks. On Thursday Birkhead said in a statement that a limited number of face masks will be made available to courthouse visitors.
Amid Minneapolis Uprising, Anti-War Veterans Call on National Guard to Stand Down
After Minnesota governor Tim Walz, a Democrat, activated the National Guard, President Trump said on Twitter Friday morning, “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” The ACLU said Trump’s remarks amount to “directing the National Guard to murder protesters.”With National Guard members now deployed in the streets of Minneapolis, U.S. military veterans of the so-called war on terror are calling on members of the National Guard to refuse orders to deploy against protesters in Minneapolis. resistance, has called for the National Guard to stand down against U.S. protesters. When we saw the National Guard was called that was a very obvious opportunity to speak out. What message do you most want to send to members of the National Guard? Is there anything from your own experience that feels relevant to the call for the National Guard to stand down?
Unsanitized: Social Unrest When There’s Nothing to Lose
× Expand Julio Cortez/AP Photo Unsanitized-052920 The burning of the 3rd Precinct of the Minneapolis Police Department on May 28, 2020. First ResponseThere’s a reason that Spike Lee set Do the Right Thing on the hottest day of the year in Brooklyn. Unreformed police murder in communities of color has been part of America since well before I was born. Read all of our Unsanitized reportsDecades of environmental racism have created toxic vectors for spreading the virus; that’s the same brutality. They’re more likely to be in prisons under perhaps the worst conditions of this crisis; that’s definitely the same brutality.
In Israel, the Virus Is Fading. Netanyahu Is Still Here.
Then, on the screen inside my mind, a warning message appeared in red letters:You have a ticket and a passport to a land with national health care. There’d been 50 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Israel the day I left New York; there were 75 when I landed the next day. For years, as finance minister and then prime minister, Netanyahu underfunded the national health system. My daughter made a phone call to the national emergency number. After a late-night meeting with Netanyahu and before a crucial Knesset vote, Gantz declared he was joining a “national emergency government” with Netanyahu in order to “take on the health crisis.” His party split.
The Tragic Bipartisan War on Public Education
Public education was pummeled during the last recession, and never bounced back. Cuomo also tapped Eric Schimdt, former CEO of Google, to head up a blue-ribbon commission for reimagining of social services, including public education. There’s an astonishing amount of money available and ample public support for taxing the rich to fund public education. But McConnell would be perfectly happy to see public education founder no matter where it is. It’s long been understood that the latter-day Republican Party is basically opposed to public education insofar as it exists as a public good.
3 Signs Of Unemployment Benefits Scams, And How To Avoid Them
When you are filing for unemployment benefits, the state’s unemployment insurance agency will ask you to share personal information related to your unemployment and your recent earnings. Because of the recent nationwide scams, some state agencies may also reach out to verify your identity, Evermore said. “We WILL NOT ask you for personal information or for you to verify your eligibility for unemployment benefits by email or text message,” declares the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, for example. To deal with long queues, some state unemployment insurance agencies will call applicants back by phone, but “it’s doubtful the agency would call you out of the blue. When in doubt about the authenticity of a communication, look up your state’s official phone numbers and website for unemployment benefits and compare them to what you have received.
George Floyd family on officer arrest: ‘Welcome but overdue step’
In a new statement, George Floyd's family says they want former officer Derek Chauvin charged with first-degree murder.
Khloe Kardashian Jokes About 'Weekly Face Transplant' In Response To Troll's Questions
The reality star posted another pair of photos and a short video clip on Thursday. Once again, commenters came out of the woodwork to question Kardashian’s look. “Why do you look so different in all your photos?” one person wrote. “From my weekly face transplant clearly,” the 35-year-old responded cheekily. The comment racked up over a thousand likes and was captured and reposted by the “Comments By Celebs” Instagram account.
Trump announces US withdrawal from the World Health Organization
U.S. President Donald Trump with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo | Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images Trump announces US withdrawal from the World Health OrganizationWASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said he is terminating the U.S. relationship with the World Health Organization, making good on his threat to withdraw from the U.N. health agency he's blamed for mishandling the coronavirus pandemic. "We will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization and directing those funds to worldwide and deserving urgent global public health needs,” Trump said in a statement from the White House Rose Garden. Trump last month temporarily froze U.S funding to the WHO, contending the organization botched the international response to the pandemic and has been overly deferential to China. The move was instantly criticized by public health experts, who said it made little sense to cut off the group's funding amid a pandemic that's still raging. Turning our back on WHO makes us and the world less safe."
Despite pandemic, Trump abandons ties with World Health Organization
The World Health Organization, of course, recently joined the list, and today, Trump announced his intention to abandon support for the WHO altogether. The Associated Press reported:President Donald Trump said Friday that the U.S. will be terminating its relationship with the World Health Organization, saying it had failed to adequately respond to the coronavirus because China has "total control" over the global organization.... This site is protected by recaptchaThe argument crumbled soon after, as it became clear that U.S. officials knew what the World Health Organization knew about the coronavirus crisis in real time. In theory, the degree to which the White House embarrassed itself should've caused administration officials to rethink its offensive against the World Health Organization. As a policy matter, the White House could've begun the challenging task of using diplomacy and public-health influence to help steer the World Health Organization and improve U.S. influence.
Trump confronts a culture war of his own making as election looms
Trump later blamed “haters” for misinterpreting his tweet, in an attempt to clean up his comments about shooting protesters. Steele specifically cited allegations of Trump turning away black tenants during his years as a real estate magnate in New York City. Biden quickly said he regretted the comment and said he’d work to earn the support of black voters. Trump routinely cast himself as an ally of law enforcement during his 2016 presidential campaign, and recently added a “Cops for Trump” coalition to his 2020 operation. So the aberration, if there was one over the last few days from Trump, was calling the video disturbing, hoping there's justice.”
To punish China, Trump begins to revoke Hong Kong trade privileges
Such a move would expose exports from Hong Kong to the same duties that Trump has unilaterally imposed on more than $350 billion worth of Chinese goods. The United States will also begin steps to impose sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong officials "directly or indirectly involved in eroding Hong Kong's autonomy." He also threatened to tighten controls on the exports of sensitive technologies to Hong Kong. The actions follow a vote by the China's top legislature on Thursday to impose new national security laws on Hong Kong, increasing doubts about the future of the “one country, two systems” principle that has guided relations between Beijing and Hong Kong for more than two decades. This is a tragedy for the people of Hong Kong, the people of China and indeed the people of the world," Trump said.
Flynn urged Russian ambassador to take 'reciprocal' actions, transcripts show
The exchange is at the heart of the controversy over the FBI’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election and Trump campaign aides’ contacts with Russian officials throughout. One transcript appears to detail a conversation between Flynn and Kislyak about a U.N. Security Council vote on condemning Israeli settlement moves in the West Bank. “[Y]ou know that the strategic goal is stability in the Middle East,” Flynn told Kislyak. And, and, you know, between you and I, and you know this, and we know this, you know between Moscow and Washington. Comey added that he had no evidence the incoming Trump advisor had shared classified material with the Russian diplomat.
U.S. Severs Ties With WHO Over COVID-19 Response
“We’ll be announcing what we’re doing tomorrow with respect to China and we are not happy with China,” Trump told reporters at an unrelated event Thursday, referring mainly to COVID-19. Under a joint Sino-British agreement on the handover, Hong Kong was to be governed differently than the mainland for 50 years under a “one country, two systems” policy. Pompeo’s determination opened the door to possible sanctions and the loss of special perks Hong Kong has received from the United States. “We don’t have a lot of details about how they are going to define ties to Chinese universities, what type of universities are they going to target, what would constitute a university having ties to the Chinese military,” she said. But the timing of a potential announcement could come at a time of increasingly heated rhetoric about the imposition of national security laws on Hong Hong in violation of the Sino-British accord.
What the future of work will look like (opinion)
The world of work will never be the same. The coronavirus has fundamentally changed every aspect of business — from our commute to our work environment to how we interact with our colleagues. For one, remote work will become a much more widely recognized alternative to location-based work. Moving forward, companies are likely to be more accepting of employee requests to work from home, and some could even make entire operations remote once their office leases are up. We will see the rise of virtual workspaces in collocated office buildings and the return of offices or closed off cubicles.
Watch live: George Floyd death protests around the U.S.
Share this -Family of George Floyd calls officer's arrest 'a welcome but overdue step' "The arrest of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the brutal killing of George Floyd is a welcome but overdue step on the road to justice. And we want to see the other officers arrested," George Floyd's relatives and attorney Ben Crump said in a statement. "We call on authorities to revise the charges to reflect the true culpability of this officer. J. Henderson J. Henderson Share this -Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin arrested in George Floyd case The Minneapolis police officer shown on video putting his knee on the neck of George Floyd has been arrested, according to Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington. Derek Chauvin, who was fired on Monday along with three other officers involved in the detainment of Floyd, was taken into custody Friday.
Trump says U.S. will be 'terminating' relationship with WHO
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Friday that the United States would be “terminating” its relationship with the World Health Organization over its response to the coronavirus pandemic. “Because they have failed to make the requested and greatly needed reforms, we will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization and redirecting those funds to other worldwide and deserving urgent public health needs," Trump said. It was not clear how Trump planned to withhold the funds, much of which are directed by congressional appropriation. “China has total control over the World Health Organization despite only paying $40 million per year compared to what the United States has been paying, which is approximately $450 million a year," Trump said Friday. Trump also criticized China's recently announced national security law, which endangers Hong Kong's special status.
Black transgender man fatally shot by Florida police
A black transgender man was fatally shot Wednesday by a police officer in Tallahassee, Florida — at least the third reported officer-involved shooting in Tallahassee in two months. "When we say all Black lives matter, we mean ALL," tweeted Black Visions Collective, a Minneapolis-based advocacy group working for racial justice. Equality Florida, a statewide LGBTQ advocacy organization, said McDade's death further exemplifies that Florida is "an epicenter of anti-trans violence." At least seven black transgender people were murdered in Florida over the last two years, according to the organization. At least 11 transgender or gender-nonconforming people have been fatally shot or killed by other means this year so far, according to the Human Rights Campaign, a national LGBTQ advocacy group.
9 ways to help kids through the coronavirus crisis
“They really get their cues about what this means from their caregivers,” says Dr. Burke Harris, a pediatrician and expert on child stress. They worried about not getting enough work done and fretted that they weren’t making this time as enriching as possible. What you could do before, you cannot do now and that’s OK.”Here are 9 ways to help your children through the coronavirus crisis. “We have to set different expectations for ourselves,” says Jennifer Miller, a family educational consultant and author of “Confident Parents, Confident Kids.”Parents shouldn't feel guilty about doing what they have no choice but to do. “Giving them messages that we’re going to be OK is really important and really will help children bounce back,” says Klein, author of “How Toddlers Thrive.” “Children respond to the adults in their life.”
Watch live: Protests over George Floyd's death and investigation updates
Watch live coverage of the aftermath of George Floyd's death, including protests around the country and developments into the investigation.
Denzel Washington called 'good Samaritan' after coming to aid of distressed man
(CNN) Denzel Washington is being called a "good Samaritan" after coming to the aid of a man in distress in Los Angeles last week. A representative for Washington told CNN the actor pulled over to help a man he saw in "the middle of a busy intersection" because he was in "danger of being struck by oncoming traffic." Washington arrived on the scene before police, according to his representative. Video of an encounter between Washington, the distressed man and Los Angeles Police was captured by a bystander and posted on Twitter by former NBA player Rex ChapmanIn the video, Washington is seen speaking with two police officers and the man, whose hands appeared to be briefly held behind his back as police frisked him. An LAPD officer, who was on the scene, spoke to the bystander about what happened and commended Washington, calling him a "good Samaritan."
Racist attacks are mounting, but in L.A., Taiwanese Americans are among the first to help
Abraham Wen-Shang Chu currently serves as director general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, this is what the Asian community is experiencing today during the Covid-19 pandemic. PBS's News Hour reported that the pandemic "has Americans across the country fearful for their personal health and well-being, but for Asian Americans, the virus has stirred up another threat: a wave of verbal and physical attacks. When the coronavirus struck the US, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti asked that I reach out to members of the Taiwanese community for help. Frank and Jackson Yang told me their companies have created more than 100 jobs each in Los Angeles and another 30 or so nationwide.
Omaha man dies 48 hours after positive Covid-19 test; family sends message to community
It’s a sobering reminder of just how vicious COVID-19 can be; 51-year-old man lost his life within 48 hours of testing positive. James Arthur Johnson, better known as Jimmy Johnson had his life taken quickly. "When I think of how fast from him not feeling well, showing symptoms, coughing, and nauseous, and no appetite, and the pain,” said Tim Clark, Johnson’s uncle. “Saying I need to go to the emergency.”That's where Johnson was tested for COVID-19 and then sent home. “The next day I called him and said, ‘hey, you’re positive, you’ve tested positive for COVID-19’ the next day he passed away,” said Clark, outside Johnson’s funeral.
Intelligence chief's office declassifies documents about Michael Flynn's calls
(CNN) Newly sworn-in Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe announced Friday that he has transmitted declassified documents regarding December 2016 calls involving President Donald Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn. "As I stated throughout the confirmation process, transparency is vital to allowing the American people to have confidence in the Intelligence Community. As the Director of National Intelligence, it is my obligation to review declassification requests with the overarching priority of protecting sources and methods, while also providing transparency whenever possible. Accordingly, today the Office of the Director of National Intelligence declassified transcripts concerning Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn," Ratcliffe said in a statement. An ODNI official confirmed to CNN that the declassified documents have been sent to Capitol Hill and relevant oversight committees have received them.
Do you know of a Covid-19 death that wasn't counted? Send us your story
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Share your story about getting Covid-19 at the hospital
(CNN) CNN is collecting stories about people who contracted Covid-19 in a hospital, nursing home or other medical facility. We may follow up on some responses for upcoming stories. Please share your story below.
This teenager is graduating high school three years after being shot in the head and left to die
(CNN) For most high school seniors, graduation is a time to celebrate their academic achievements. Three years ago, Turner was shot in the head by a friend who left her for dead in a dry canal in Smithfield, Utah. But after 16 surgeries, and years of balancing school work with intense physical therapy, Turner can finally call herself a high school graduate. "For those who have struggled through pain and trials, they will understand better what it took to endure the injury, pain and surgeries while going through school," Turner told CNN. "For those who have never gone through hard things, it's really hard for them to know how big of an accomplishment this is," she said.
Elgin bar owner bans customers from wearing masks inside
A local tavern in Elgin has banned its customers from coming in covered up. I think that’s foolish,” said Elgin local, Ross Owens. “It is more of a push back — the snitches, and the contact tracers out there,” said Kevin Smith, Co-Owner of the Liberty Tree Tavern. Since the Liberty Tree Tavern shut down, Charles Chamberlain has been eagerly waiting for it to open back up. “I don’t know anyone personally, and I know a lot of people, that’s gotten the virus or has died,” said Sherrill Schier, owner of ETX Travel in Elgin.
Report: Adam Silver Said NBA Is Targeting July 31 as Return Date Amid COVID-19
Jae C. Hong/Associated PressWith the NBA board of governors holding a virtual meeting on Friday to discuss return-to-play options, commissioner Adam Silver reportedly has a return date in mind with a formal announcement potentially coming soon. Per Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, Silver said on the board of governors call that July 31 is a possible target date for the season to resume. Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, "most" team owners expect Silver's plan to bring the season back will be announced within the next week. Last week, Charania wrote about a detailed survey the NBA handed out to all 30 general managers to get their input about potential return scenarios. There was also an option to resume the regular season and play either 72 or 76 games, instead of the traditional 82.
Billboard calling COVID-19 a lie removed in Porter County; Valpo man defends message
O'Kelly scoffed at recommended social distancing, hand washing and face-mask wearing amid the pandemic. The billboard message, which O'Kelly said went up Monday and was supposed to remain posted through Sunday, generated concern and opposition in the community, which was shared on social media. Jeff Burton, a general manager with Lamar Advertising, which operates the electronic billboard in question, said Thursday that the message was posted in error. "We do apologize for this mistake," Burton wrote. Health officials around the world pinpoint COVID-19 as the coronavirus causing the pandemic of illness and death.
'Heart for Hadlee' family celebrates after 2-year-old's successful transplant
Hide Transcript Show TranscriptBELIEVED RIGHT HEART, RIGHT TIME. DAN: IT WAS AN EARLY START FOR 2-YEAR-OLD HADLEE ROHMAN AND HER PARENTS, AFTER THEY LEARNED LAST NIGHT A NEW HEART WAS COMING. HER MOTHER, FELICIA ROHMAN, HAS BEEN WAITING TOO, WHILE ALSO KEEPING HADLEE’S BROTHER COHEN AND SISTER PAISLEY UPDATED. HIS LITTLE SISTER NOT ONLY GOT A HEART, BUT HER PARENTS SAY SURGERY WENT SMOOTHLY. "It was an early start to the day for Hadlee and her parents after they learned Wednesday night that a new heart was coming.
Local student with brain injury who can’t walk or talk defies odds, graduates from high school
AKRON, Ohio (WJW) — An Akron girl who suffered a devastating brain injury that left her unable to walk or talk is set to graduate high school Monday. Danah suffered a devastating brain injury that left her unable to walk and talk. “When the brain injury set in, her head arched to the heels of her feet. And now after years of surgeries, therapy, and prayer, Danah, who is on her road to recovery, is set to mark a major milestone: high school graduation. So to graduate high school with 3.4 grade point average, what can you say except God,” said Lamia.
Woman navigates unemployment claim only to receive faulty benefits card
SHERRY OWENS SHOWS ME WHAT HAPPENS WHEN SHE TRIES TO USE HER DEBIT CARD THAT SHOULD HAVE UNEMPLOYMENT MONEY ON IT. DILLON: OWENS WAS LAID OFF BACK IN APRIL AND APPLIED FOR BENEFITS THE NEXT DAY. THE NEW DIRECTOR SAYS SHE HAdvertisement Woman navigates unemployment claim only to receive faulty benefits card Share Shares Copy Link CopyAn Oklahoma City woman successfully navigated the state’s arduous unemployment claims process only to receive a benefits card that didn’t work. When Owens tries to use her prepaid debit card that is supposed to contain her unemployment benefits, the system doesn’t recognize the card’s information. "I know it's your first day, your second day, you know, but take our complaints a little serious.
Saturday school? State board OKs one-year flexibility for Oklahoma schools grappling with COVID-19 contingency plans
Public schools grappling with multiple contingency plans for the COVID-19 pandemic will have one bit of new flexibility in 2020-21 if need be. On Thursday, the Oklahoma State Board of Education voted 5-2 to approve a flexibility waiver allowing schools to count any instruction offered on Saturdays toward the state’s minimum requirement of 180 days of instruction or the equivalent in hours and minutes. Board members Estela Hernandez of Oklahoma City and Kurt Bollenbach of Kingfisher voted no. Upon passage of the flexibility waiver, Hofmeister told the board she and state education staffers would closely monitor local use of the waiver and raise the matter again if the board’s “intent” that it not be used as a first resort is not followed. FEATURED VIDEOAltered lives: See how these Tulsans are adjusting their lives and businesses during the coronavirus pandemic
Update: Man arrested in connection to Faulkner County fatal dog attack
Update:FAULKNER COUNTY, Ark.- A man has been arrested in connection to a dog attack that killed a boy in Mount Vernon. According to a release sent Friday by the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office, Trey Wyatt, 25, of Vilonia, was arrested Thursday afternoon for tampering with physical evidence. (News release) — On Thursday morning at a 9:15 a.m., the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a 9-year-old boy who was missing from Mt. Faulkner County Major Crimes Unit was called to the scene. Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from the Conway Animal Shelter who took custody of two dogs from a residence off Chambers Lane.
“This is what life’s about”: Man keeps bakery running to help employees, gives away bagels for free
The hotels and restaurants that City Bagel supplied shut down. Mac could have done the same and laid off the whole staff. Instead, he kept most of them on the job. Still baking, and then giving all the bagels and breads to local food pantries.
Moultonborough couple wins boathouse fight against state agency
The building at right is a partially completed replacement for a boathouse that collapsed in Moultonborough. The state Department of Environmental Services lost a 3-year fight against the project, claiming it was too high. In the foreground is a garage. (Courtesy photo)
Robotic Cats Are ‘Purr-fect’ Companions for Seniors Isolated Due to COVID-19
BOCA RATON (CBSMiami) – The companionship of a pet makes social distancing and isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic a bit easier to tolerate. But for some people, caring for a pet is difficult which is why researchers from Florida Atlantic University’s College of Nursing in Boca Raton came up with the “purr-fect” solution — a robotic cat. The interactive robotic cats respond to motion, touch and sound and offer an alternative to traditional pet therapy. Data from a study using 12 adults aged 50 and older with ADRD showed the interactive cats are successful tools in managing social isolation. “The robotic pets provided a means of engagement and entertainment and also evoked participants to share memories of their previous pets.
Former pro wrestler to retire after 55 years at same job
“Come to work ready to work. Don’t say I want a job, and then not wanting to work,” Kimble said. After starting at Republic, he soon became a pro wrestler after being challenged. Jimmy Kimble, also known as pro wrestler King Cobra, in his younger days. King Cobra, as he was known in the ring, went head-to head against another powerhouse, Memphis’ own Jerry “The King” Lawler — and won.
'Just keep moving forward' | Wife of Ted DeMers finds comfort in goodbye letter
Peter Manfredonia is the suspect in the homicide investigation of Ted DeMers and Nicholas Eisele. State Police said 23-year-old Peter Manfredonia killed Ted near his home in the woodsy neighborhood of Mirtl Road the morning of Friday May 22, after telling Ted he needed help with his bike. Ted was an artist and he and his wife sold custom furniture on custommade.com under the account "EverlastingWoods." The online store page reads: "as far back as Ted can remember, the forest has been a special place for him." So it`s only fitting that Ted's likeness was immortalized in a piece of art created by local artist Randy Nelson.
Jacksonville homeless student to graduate as valedictorian despite all odds
Despite being homeless and living in shelters with his mom, Martin finished top of his class -- and while he didn’t get to walk across the stage due to the pandemic, his accomplishments can never be taken away.
Long Island Family Gets Creative To Hug Grandmother Battling Cancer
Some creative Long Island residents, however, have found a way to maintain safety while also allowing for physical contact. Marilyn Grinere, of St. James, is a mother of three as well as a grandmother who is currently battling cancer. A plastic sheet is held between two metal poles. | NY Call 1-(888)-364-3065 | NYC Health Dept. | NYC Call 311, Text COVID to 692692 | NJ COVID-19 Info Hub | NJ Call 1-(800)-222-1222 or 211, Text NJCOVID to 898211 | CT Health Dept.
AU report outlines racial disparities in the Washington region
White residents reported high rates of satisfaction with their neighborhoods, schools and government institutions. ADADBut more than half of black residents who responded said they fear interactions with police. “When we think about racial disparities, it’s often this intractable problem — it’s this giant issue that seems impossible to tackle and change society for the better. ADAmong black residents, those numbers were higher: More than 80 percent reported police bias across all three categories. “I think that white folks in this region understand that something is wrong.
To celebrate reopening in Northern Virginia, four friends go (outdoor) bar hopping
As D.C. and Northern Virginia slowly take steps toward reopening, residents who ventured outdoors like the friends at Ragtime confronted cities both familiar and alien, jubilant yet profoundly on edge. The first phase of reopening, which began Friday for the two jurisdictions, provided limited parameters for life amid a pandemic. When the White Claws arrived, the friends, one by one, took sips with their masks hanging from their chins. ADThe friends had decided to meet up Friday after Matthew Hurtt, 33, floated the idea in a group text the night before. Hurtt walked a few miles, while his three friends opted for Ubers, which they figured were safer than public transportation.
Capitals GM on NHL’s return to play: ‘Answers aren’t always completely there’
“Answers aren’t always completely there so it is frustrating that way, so I think we move forward cautiously,” MacLellan said on a Friday video conference call. The ice is currently being put in at MedStar Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va, which remains closed to the public. Beck Malenstyn and Pheonix Copley, who are with the team’s American League affiliate in Hershey, Pa., also will be in camp. There is currently negotiation between the league and the NHL Players’ Association about the concerns the players continue to have. If they are not comfortable, we got to try and work with them and move forward.
The World Health Organization: What you need to know about the U.N. agency that Trump has snubbed
The decision sparked outrage from other nations and global health experts. What is the World Health Organization? The 194 U.N. member states select representatives for the organization’s governing body, the World Health Assembly. The United States is the largest donor in this budget, having pledged more than $400 million a year, much of which is voluntary spending. A State Department spokesperson told The Post that the United States has committed $893 million to the WHO during its two-year funding period.
North Carolina officials push RNC to provide a detailed safety plan for convention
How will the RNC screen attendees, and what they will do with people attending who test positive for the virus? ADFriday’s letter came after RNC officials set a June 3 deadline for North Carolina officials to approve their planned in-person political convention in August. ADThough people on both sides have privately said they hope the convention can go forward in North Carolina, top Republicans have increasingly begun to float the possibility of moving the event. ADAnd RNC officials are actively considering Florida, Georgia or other states as backup locations, according to a Republican with knowledge of the discussions who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “It’s okay for political conventions to be political, but pandemic response cannot be,” North Carolina Gov.
A new Honduran law allows security forces to intercept ‘narco jets’ transporting cocaine from Venezuela
Many of those jets originate in Venezuela, whose government the United States has accused of narcoterrorism. ADThe State Department would not comment on which specific changes allow for the resumption of assistance. After taking office in 2013, Hernández extradited several leaders of Honduran drug cartels to the United States. Since then, the United States has dispatched aid to Honduras to train special anti-narcotic units within the security forces. “Our results in the fight against drug trafficking have been successful, and the State Department has recognized them,” Suazo said.
Trump-fueled promotion of unproved coronavirus drug generated spike in prescriptions, study finds
Publicity about a small study of a potential covid-19 treatment was enough to create a 200 percent increase in hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine prescriptions in March. Increase in hydroxyclhoroquine and chloroquine prescriptions A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association measured the increase in hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine prescriptions as the coronavirus pandemic grew in the United States and President Trump joined in promoting the drug as a cure for covid-19. Increase in hydroxyclhoroquine and chloroquine prescriptions A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association measured the increase in hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine prescriptions as the coronavirus pandemic grew in the United States and President Trump joined in promoting the drug as a cure for covid-19. Increase in hydroxyclhoroquine and chloroquine prescriptions A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association measured the increase in hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine prescriptions as the coronavirus pandemic grew in the United States and President Trump joined in promoting the drug as a cure for covid-19. Increase in hydroxyclhoroquine and chloroquine prescriptions A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association measured the increase in hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine prescriptions as the coronavirus pandemic grew in the United States and President Trump joined in promoting the drug as a cure for covid-19.
Twitter’s double standard has become painfully clear
Twitter’s politically driven double standards are now all too obvious. Granted, Ayatollah AliKhamenei didn’t use a rhyme to make his point, but maybe he thought “uprooted and destroyed” was clear enough. Even still, the message remains easy to find — and unlabeled by Twitter’s council of guardians. The message is again clear: Advocating rioting is not “glorification of violence,” while enforcing the law is. It doesn’t help Twitter’s case that its director of site integrity has a history of anti-Trump and anti-Republican tweets himself.
The pandemic’s second stage is here — and it’s getting ugly
For a while, it appeared that the developing world was being spared the worst of the pandemic. ADADAnd then there is phase three of the pandemic, the debt crisis, which will hit the developing world very hard. In the United States, Europe, Japan and China, the economic damage is brutal but will be ameliorated by massive government spending. These countries, the United States above all, can borrow trillions at low interest rates with relative ease. Even after the global financial crisis, developing countries recovered faster than rich ones did.
Something very interesting is happening in Wisconsin
And yet, in Wisconsin, Republicans and Democrats on the Wisconsin Elections Commissions have now agreed to mail an absentee ballot application to every registered voter. That actually might not harm Trump — the evidence does not necessarily show that vote-by-mail benefits Democrats — but Trump thinks it will. And so, in doing this, Republicans in Wisconsin have bucked his wishes. AD“It will make a big difference,” Ben Wikler, the chair of the Wisconsin Democratic Party, told me. Especially if applications arrive bearing the official stamp of the state of Wisconsin.
N.Y.C. Is Expected to Begin Reopening June 8: Live Updates
And everyone knows we’ve been looking at the numbers, looking at the metrics in terms of different regions across the state. The overall state was hit the hardest by this virus. We can rely on this data, and the five regions that have been in Phase 1 can now move to Phase 2. Phase 2 is all office-based jobs, real estate services, retail, reopening barbershops, hair salons, reopening — reopening in New York City is more complicated as we know. We have to have the testing in place, which we do, the contact tracing is being brought up to speed.
Amazon Warehouse Workers Deserve Continued Hazard Pay - The New York Times
So that way I don’t you know, have a breakdown. I don’t know. Hazard pay would actually help because a lot of people are the sole breadwinners now in their household— especially too because we’re risking our lives. Yeah, that I’m scared of. In these uncertain times, I just want to remind you that it’s still an uncertain time.
Prince William Fears It Could Be Damaging To Label Health Care Workers 'Heroes'
Prince William is cautioning people who are quick to label health care workers as “heroes” amid the coronavirus pandemic, as the inspiring characterization can lead to detrimental health effects for workers. While he fully supports the staff of the National Health Service (NHS) and wants them to be hailed as heroic and brave, the Duke of Cambridge said on BBC’s “The One Show” on Thursday that he also wants the workers to “come through this in one piece” with their mental health intact. “We made the NHS frontline staff, rightly, heroes,” he says during a clip on the show. “But in doing so, we once again give them the burden that we gave our soldiers fighting in the war, where everyone was so grateful and wanted to show their appreciation as to their fighting for their freedoms and everything.”The duke said that “we’ve got to be very careful with the language that we use” to make sure that workers “come through this in one piece” and aren’t left “broken.”
Trump Takes No Questions From Press Amid Nationwide Protests On Police Violence
President Donald Trump took zero questions from reporters Friday after three days of escalating nationwide protests over police violence and the death of George Floyd. The president made no mention of the protests, nor did he take any queries from the press. The president called the largely Black protesters “thugs” and threatened them with state-sanctioned violence, saying “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” (Twitter applied a “glorifying violence” label to Trump’s tweet for violating its rules.) Trump later claimed to clarify his tweet, saying “looting leads to shooting,” noting there was a shooting in Minneapolis Wednesday and seven people shot in Louisville Thursday amid protests. The charges came four days after Floyd’s death and a bystander video of Chauvin pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck went viral, and followed three nights of escalating protests.
Vaccine Politics Take Center Stage In Competitive Democratic Primaries
The issue is most prominent in Vermont, where former state Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe is battling Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in the Aug. 11 primary. Alex Wong/Getty Images President Donald Trump's dismissive attitude toward science, including toward childhood vaccines, has made vaccine skepticism of any kind radioactive in Democratic circles. And in contemporary Democratic politics, anything resembling the science-illiterate approach of President Donald Trump is quite often radioactive. David Zuckerman, a front-runner for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, fought to preserve exemptions from vaccine mandates in 2015.
Coronavirus Live Updates: Tyson Plant Closes After Hundreds Of Workers Test Positive for COVID-19
Read the latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic below. Tyson Shuts Down Pork Processing Plant In Iowa After Hundreds Fall Ill — 5/29/20, 2:20 p.m. ETA Tyson Foods pork processing plant in Storm Lake, Iowa, is temporarily halting operations after 22% of the plant’s 2,500 workers tested positive for COVID-19. “We have just reached a very sad milestone with the coronavirus pandemic deaths reaching 100,000,” his account tweeted. ETPeople who come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 will be told to self-isolate for two weeks as the British government launches its coronavirus tracing system in England.
European defense hopes live to fight another day (just)
EU officials and diplomats see boosting defense capability as crucial to the bloc's efforts to play a greater geopolitical role. Overall, there is enough in the new plan for some supporters of a greater EU defense role to see silver linings. Speaking after a meeting of EU defense ministers this month, Josep Borrell, the bloc's foreign policy chief, said the pandemic would likely lead to greater instability in the world. "Instead of cutting the [military] budget we should think to increase it, since it could also help the recovery." An Elysée official said Paris, the EU's major military power, would look to push up the proposed spending on the defense fund.
Barr announces federal civil rights probe into George Floyd's death
Attorney General William Barr on Friday announced a federal civil rights investigation into the death of George Floyd while in custody of Minneapolis police this week. Barr called video of the arrest, which shows then-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck as he lay handcuffed on the ground, “harrowing to watch and deeply disturbing” and pledged that justice will be served in the case. AdvertisementFloyd’s killing has been nearly universally condemned, and has fueled days of protests in Minneapolis, with demonstrators setting fire to a police precinct in the city and other local businesses while prompting nationwide calls for a reexamination of policing practices.
Trump schedules in-person fundraisers as shackles come off
Trump Victory, the president’s joint fundraising committee, will cover the testing costs. The president’s campaign team has used the events to glean data from attendees which is used to turn out his voters. Even with in-person fundraising events slashed, the president has maintained robust fundraising totals thanks to a massive small-donor operation. Biden has sworn off in-person fundraisers during the pandemic, instead doing online events from his Delaware home. The money will go to Trump Victory, a joint fundraising committee between the Trump campaign, Republican National Committee, and state parties.
Schumer to ‘conspiracy caucus’ GOP: Stop probe into origins of Russia investigation
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called on Senate Republicans on Friday to cancel a hearing next week on the origins of the 2016 Russia investigation and instead focus on the coronavirus pandemic. In a letter sent to the Democratic caucus ahead of the upcoming five-week session that starts Monday, Schumer decried Republicans as the “conspiracy caucus” and accused the GOP of “turning the institutions of the Senate into an extension of the President’s re-election campaign.”AdvertisementThe Senate Judiciary Committee is set to hold a hearing with former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein next week on the FBI’s probe into connections between the Trump campaign and Russia. The panel will also hold a vote on subpoenas of former Obama administration officials connected with the probe.
Trump to terminate U.S. relationship with WHO
SEE NEW POSTSWhistleblower says Hungary discharged critically ill patients to clear space for potential coronavirus patients In April, Hungary’s government cleared out its hospitals in preparation for an intake of COVID-19 patients. But a whistleblower says that many of those discharged from the hospital were desperately unwell, and many have now died. One of her patients was sent home with an open stomach wound, another with a stoma bag. Patients were discharged without medical supplies, to families who did not know how to care for them. “Testing and outbreak patterns make clear that … inter-facility transfers result in virus outbreak in previously unaffected jails,” the senators wrote.
Trump announces U.S. withdrawal from the World Health Organization
President Donald Trump on Friday said he is terminating the U.S. relationship with the World Health Organization, making good on his threat to withdraw from the U.N. health agency he's blamed for mishandling the coronavirus pandemic. "We will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization and directing those funds to worldwide and deserving urgent global public health needs,” Trump said in a statement from the White House Rose Garden. AdvertisementTrump last month temporarily froze U.S funding to the WHO, contending the organization botched the international response to the pandemic and has been overly deferential to China. The U.S has previously contributed over $400 million per year to WHO's $4.8 billion annual budget, more than any other country.
Dems ask ICE to expand testing for COVID-19 and stop transferring detainees
SEE NEW POSTSDems ask ICE to expand testing for COVID-19 and stop transferring detainees Seventeen Democratic senators sent a letter to Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf on Friday demanding that ICE halt the transfer of detainees in its custody and expand testing to stem the spread of coronavirus among detainees. “Testing and outbreak patterns make clear that … inter-facility transfers result in virus outbreak in previously unaffected jails,” the senators wrote. Share this -Iowa pushes to reopen despite 'substantial spread' of COVID19 DES MOINES, Iowa — Despite acknowledging there is still “substantial spread” of COVID-19 in the state, Gov. While the CDC recommends that states wait to reopen their economies after seeing a two-week decline in cases, the longest streak of declining COVID-19 cases that Iowa has seen is just three days. Reynolds also said businesses are not required to report positive cases if they don’t want to, and her administration won’t be disclosing outbreaks at meatpacking plants or other places were people congregate unless members of the media ask directly.
Whistleblower says Hungary discharged critically ill patients to clear space for potential coronavirus patients
SEE NEW POSTSWhistleblower says Hungary discharged critically ill patients to clear space for potential coronavirus patients In April, Hungary’s government cleared out its hospitals in preparation for an intake of COVID-19 patients. In the end, Hungary only had around 3,800 infections and 600 deaths, leaving hospitals empty and sick patients forced to return home. But a whistleblower says that many of those discharged from the hospital were desperately unwell, and many have now died. The whistleblower, Athina Nemeth, an ambulance officer in Budapest, says that of 10 patients she cared for, nine died after being sent home. Patients were discharged without medical supplies, to families who did not know how to care for them.
UK sets out Hong Kong ‘path to citizenship’ plan
Passport holders would be able to "apply to work and study for extendable periods of 12 months," Raab said. A U.K. government spokesperson also confirmed that the offer extended to the children and dependents of BNO citizens. China responded angrily to the original offer to passport holders. Prime Minister Boris Johnson discussed Hong Kong in a call with Donald Trump on Friday, Downing Street said. “The leaders said that China’s plan to impose national security legislation on Hong Kong goes against their obligations under the Sino-British Joint Declaration and would undermine Hong Kong’s autonomy and the One Country Two Systems framework," a spokesperson said.
De Blasio, Cuomo target June 8 for first phase of New York City reopening
| AP Photo De Blasio, Cuomo target June 8 for first phase of New York City reopeningNEW YORK — New York City will take its first step on a long road to economic recovery with an initial reopening targeted for June 8, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday in a rare joint appearance. At a press briefing just hours earlier, de Blasio declined to give a specific reopening date, though he insisted he was on the same page as the governor. But with the state and city budgets in free fall amid a frozen economy, both share a desire to get the city up and running again. “The MTA has briefed City Hall multiple times on reopening, including another productive meeting held just yesterday.
Troll farms from Macedonia, Philippines pushed disinformation
SEE NEW POSTSTroll farms from Macedonia, Philippines pushed disinformation One of the largest publishers of coronavirus disinformation on Facebook has been banned from the platform for using content farms from Macedonia and the Philippines, Facebook said on Friday. They also posted content from Natural News' sister websites, NewsTarget and Brighteon, in an effort to artificially inflate their reach. Share this -Whistleblower says Hungary discharged critically ill patients to clear space for potential coronavirus patients In April, Hungary’s government cleared out its hospitals in preparation for an intake of COVID-19 patients. In the end, Hungary only had around 3,800 infections and 600 deaths, leaving hospitals empty and sick patients forced to return home. But a whistleblower says that many of those discharged from the hospital were desperately unwell, and many have now died.
Key decision awaits new intel chief over release of Flynn call
The summaries were produced by the FBI, based on U.S. intelligence intercepts of calls between Flynn and Kislyak in the weeks before President Donald Trump took office, former officials said. They represent a subset of the full records possessed by U.S. intelligence agencies about numerous phone calls between Flynn and the Russian ambassador. But it’s the national intelligence director’s job to coordinate across U.S. spy agencies and serve as the president’s key adviser in working through those complex issues. Former officials described an ongoing dispute within the administration about how much to release — and in what form. Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his communications with Kislyak.
Activists Seek Drastic Change After George Floyd Murder
The death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer felt like a “tipping point,” Minneapolis community organizer Marjaan Sirdar tells TIME. “This has been brewing for years,” Owen Duckworth, a community organizer with Minneapolis racial justice and equality advocacy group The Alliance, says. Activists believe this inequality has become manifested in the MPD and its relationship with the communities it serves. “What that cop did to George Floyd was not an anomaly,” Sirdar says. Derek Chauvin, the MPD officer charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter over Floyd’s death, is reportedly being represented by the same lawyer who defended Jeronimo Yanez, who shot Castile.
Derek Chauvin faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted of third-degree murder
In other words, he’s charged with causing Floyd’s death by perpetrating a dangerous act without regard to Floyd’s life –- even if he didn’t set out to do so. In October 2006, that officer, Derek Chauvin, was involved in the fatal shooting of a stabbing suspect. Klobuchar, however, told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell on Friday that she never declined to prosecute Chauvin. “This idea that I somehow declined a case … against this officer is absolutely false. Klobuchar explained that her successor sent the the case to a grand jury, which ultimately declined in 2008 to charge Chauvin.
Troll farms from Macedonia and the Philippines pushed coronavirus disinformation on Facebook
One of the largest publishers of coronavirus disinformation on Facebook has been banned from the platform for using content farms from Macedonia and the Philippines, Facebook said on Friday. Facebook said that it had found foreign trolls repeatedly posted content from Natural News, an anti-vaccination news site that frequently posts false coronavirus conspiracy theories about 5G towers and Bill Gates. They also posted content from Natural News' sister websites, NewsTarget and Brighteon, in an effort to artificially inflate their reach. They misled people about the popularity of their posts and relied on content farms in Macedonia and the Philippines,” Facebook said in a statement. Natural News was banned by Facebook in June 2019 for using “misleading or inaccurate information” to attract engagement, according to a statement from Facebook.
Family of George Floyd calls officer's arrest 'a welcome but overdue step'
"The arrest of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the brutal killing of George Floyd is a welcome but overdue step on the road to justice. And we want to see the other officers arrested," George Floyd's relatives and attorney Ben Crump said in a statement. In October 2006, that officer, Derek Chauvin, was involved in the fatal shooting of a stabbing suspect. “This idea that I somehow declined a case … against this officer is absolutely false. Klobuchar explained that her successor sent the the case to a grand jury, which ultimately declined in 2008 to charge Chauvin.
Smoking and COVID-19 — why now is the time to quit
It may be harder to quit smoking during the pandemic — especially when many smokers are stuck at home and feeling depressed, stressed, anxious or bored. This week, the World Health Organization published a scientific review and meta-analysis of peer-reviewed literature focused on smoking and COVID-19. “If you add a bad virus like COVID-19, it will ravage the lungs.”How to quit smoking while in quarantineThere’s no doubt that the circumstances of the pandemic can make quitting smoking even harder. Similarly, Drope says the ACS recommends using a combination of FDA-approved nicotine-replacement therapies (NRTs), which are often available over the counter, and medications — along with counseling to effectively quit smoking. “As one of my patients put it,” he said, “‘Quitting smoking is easy.
Uber disposes of tens of thousands of bikes, sparking backlash
Roughly 20,000 to 30,000 Jump vehicles have now disappeared from streets nationwide in recent weeks, according to estimates from four former Jump employees. Uber's Jump bikes in Seattle are rounded up, awaiting to be recycled. Brian Dewey, CEO of Koloni, told CNN Business he would have been interested in buying some Jump bikes. Brian Dewey, CEO of Koloni, told CNN Business he would have been interested in buying some Jump bikes. Unlike Spin and Ofo bicycles, Jump's bikes have the additional wrinkle of an electric battery, which wasn't designed to be charged in someone's home.
Derek Chauvin had knee on George Floyd's neck for 2 minutes and 43 seconds after he became non-responsive: charging documents
SEE NEW POSTSDerek Chauvin had knee on George Floyd's neck for 2 minutes and 43 seconds after he became non-responsive: charging documents State charging documents allege that former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin had his knee on George Floyd’s neck for 2 minutes and 43 seconds after Floyd became non-responsive based on law enforcement review of body-worn camera video. And we want to see the other officers arrested," George Floyd's relatives and attorney Ben Crump said in a statement. J. Henderson J. Henderson Share this -Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin arrested in George Floyd case The Minneapolis police officer shown on video putting his knee on the neck of George Floyd has been arrested, according to Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington. Derek Chauvin, who was fired on Monday along with three other officers involved in the detainment of Floyd, was taken into custody Friday. Share this -Police officer Derek Chauvin has been arrested and is in custody for the murder of George Floyd.
What Poland's 'ghost election' can teach us about pandemic-era democracy
These dynamics are playing out in Poland, which was scheduled to hold its presidential election earlier this month. When neither side trusts the other to act in the best interest of citizens, it affects the way people view their democracy. "That's a very serious concern, because that's one of the most important elements of a functioning democracy." "Only the president will be able to campaign across the country ... all other candidates are limited to media and online presence." Polish observers hope their country has learned from its "ghost" election fiasco — and that the country can soon hold an election that is better run and fairer than the one that didn't happen earlier this month.
Trump announces unprecedented action against China
Washington (CNN) President Donald Trump launched a blistering attack on China Friday, naming misdeeds that range from espionage to the violation of Hong Kong's freedoms, and announced a slew of retaliatory measures that will plunge US-China relations deeper into crisis. Trump called out China for "espionage to steal our industrial secrets, of which there are many," announced steps to protect American investors from Chinese financial practices, accused Beijing of "unlawfully claiming territory in the Pacific Ocean" and threatening freedom of navigation. The President blasted Beijing for passing a national security law that fundamentally undermines Hong Kong's autonomy, announcing that going forward, the US will treat Hong Kong the way it treats the rest of China. Trump said the US will strip Hong Kong of the special policy measures on extradition, trade, travel and customs the US had previously granted it. And Trump went so far as to announce the US would pull out of the World Health Organization during the global coronavirus pandemic, claiming that China has total control over the WHO.
Trump announces end of US relationship with World Health Organization
(CNN) President Donald Trump announced on Friday that the United States will terminate its relationship with the World Health Organization, a move he has threatened throughout the coronavirus pandemic. "Because they have failed to make the requested and greatly needed reforms, we will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization and redirecting those funds to other worldwide and deserving, urgent global public health needs," Trump said. The President said that the "world needs answers from China on the virus. Earlier in his remarks, he said that China had not properly reported information it had about the coronavirus to the World Health Organization and said China had pressured the WHO to "mislead the world." "Chinese officials ignored their reporting obligations to the World Health Organization and pressured the World Health Organization to mislead the world when the virus was first discovered by Chinese authorities," Trump said.
Taylor Swift calls out Trump over late-night Minnesota tweet: 'You have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence?'
Washington (CNN) Taylor Swift lashed out at President Donald Trump on Friday for his late-night tweet threatening violence against protesters in Minnesota, tweeting that the President has been "stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism (his) entire presidency." "After stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism your entire presidency, you have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence? When the looting starts the shooting starts'???" "These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won't let that happen," the President tweeted early Friday morning. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts."
Talking to Friends and Family About Your Hepatitis C
GettyA hepatitis C (hep C) diagnosis can seem scary, but the more you learn, the more you understand it can be a short-term or long-term illness that can be managed, especially with the support of others. If you have hep C, you’ve probably learned it’s a liver infection caused by the blood-borne hepatitis C virus (HCV), and that most people become infected by sharing needles or other equipment to inject drugs. Many people with hepatitis C are not clinically ill, so it may appear to the people around you that nothing has changed. Though chances are small that your household or family members have hepatitis C, encourage them to get tested. Your friends and family may be curious about hepatitis C, but they may not feel comfortable asking you a lot of personal questions.
The White House podium has lost its meaning
The White House briefing has often been contentious, long-winded and stuffed with hot air — emitted by both spinning political flaks and grandstanding reporters. Presidents sent press secretaries to take heat so they didn't have to. Reporters knew a tense exchange could get them on the evening news and please their editor. You'll notice we're using the past tense here. Trump's fourth press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, has revived the briefing after a yearlong absence.
CDC was 'never blind' to early spread of coronavirus within the US, director says
(CNN) The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was "never blind" to the early spread of the coronavirus in the United States, the agency's director, Dr. Robert Redfield, told reporters on Friday. Redfield defended the CDC's surveillance for the coronavirus and denied that the agency missed the spread of the virus across the country. JUST WATCHED CDC 'muzzled' by White House, sources say Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH CDC 'muzzled' by White House, sources say 03:43"We were never blind when it came to surveillance for coronavirus 19," Redfield said. CDC previously has been criticized for its slow response to the coronavirus outbreak. JUST WATCHED CNN reports from CDC emergency operation center Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH CNN reports from CDC emergency operation center 02:09
MIT elects first black woman student body president in its 159-year history
(CNN) Students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have elected a black woman as president of the Undergraduate Association for the first time in the school's history. Danielle Geathers and running mate Yu Jing Chen won the student government election earlier this month. Geathers just finished her sophomore year at MIT and is majoring in mechanical engineering. "In terms of coming from that diversity space and being focused on promoting equity across MIT, it would kind of be important to have someone in the President's role who's focused on that," she said. She said she plans to use her platform to make the school as inclusive as possible.
LeBron James, Joe Burrow, More Athletes Speak Out on George Floyd's Death
Police were responding to a call about an alleged forgery and were in the process of arresting Floyd. The four officers involved were fired from the police department but had not been charged in the case as of Thursday, sparking widespread protests. There's no way to justify this situation I don't care what this man did or didn't do, he did not deserve this! WRONG IS WRONG! Do you think this would've happened if it was a white man?
Prosecutor: Ex-officer charged with 3rd-degree murder, manslaughter after George Floyd's death
Hennepin County prosecutor Mike Freeman says that the former Minneapolis officer seen kneeling on George Floyd's neck and ultimately killing him has been charged with third degree murder and manslaughter.
Van Jones: It's not the white racists we have to worry about
CNN's Van Jones says that the black community is tired of hearing empty promises of change and that they should be more worried about "the White Liberal Hillary Clinton supporter" than a white racist.
READ: The criminal complaint against ex-Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin
(CNN) The Hennepin County Attorney's Office has released the criminal complaint filed in the arrest of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin. The complaint lists the two counts the officer faces as well as a detailed statement of probable cause, which outlines the moments that led to Floyd's arrest and subsequent death.
George Floyd: New video appears to show 3 officers kneeling on him
(CNN) New video posted on social media appears to show three Minneapolis Police Department officers kneeling on George Floyd during his arrest. Previous video from eyewitness Darnella Frazier showed Floyd, 46, being knelt on by one officer--Derek Chauvin. The video appears to show Chauvin and two other officers kneeling on Floyd. A screengrab from the new video, appearing to show three officers kneeling on George Floyd. "I can't breathe, man," Floyd can be heard saying in the new video.
Report: David Price to Pay Dodgers' Minor Leaguers $1K Each amid COVID-19
Gregory Bull/Associated PressAmid uncertainty around the 2020 Minor League Baseball season, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher David Price is reportedly going to pay each of the team's minor leaguers $1,000. As first reported by baseball journalist Francys Romero and confirmed by ESPN's Alden Gonzalez, Price will pay around 200 Dodgers minor leaguers not on the 40-man roster for the month of June. Kyle Glaser of Baseball America reported the Dodgers are among the teams that have committed to paying their minor leaguers $400 per week through June. On Tuesday, Sports Illustrated's Stephanie Apstein obtained an email from Oakland Athletics general manager David Forst in which he informed the team's minor leaguers that their weekly stipend would come to an end after May 31. The Dodgers acquired Price in February as part of the Mookie Betts deal with the Boston Red Sox.
These destinations will basically pay you to come visit during the pandemic
As lockdowns and stay-at-home orders expire globally, establishments have begun to open up cautiously with social distancing in mind. But a few countries and tourist-heavy destinations have laid out plans to entice travelers to visit, even as health officials still advise against it. (Mikayla Whitmore for The Washington Post)In Las Vegas, a hotel CEO and developer announced a giveaway of 1,000 free flights to the gambling capital as the city eyes reopening in early June. “As we begin to reopen our doors across the city, we are proud to help reinvigorate travel to Las Vegas while supporting airlines in America impacted by the COVID-19 crisis,” Stevens said in the announcement. In Japan, the country saw a 99.9 percent drop in visitors during April compared to last year, according to government data.
Live updates: D.C., Northern Virginia begin gradual reopening, but some businesses remain closed; coronavirus infects 100,000 in region
Mai Ngo, owner of King Street Souvenirs, placed a few parameters on her first dining experience at an Old Town Alexandria restaurant in months. So when she crossed the street shortly before noon Friday to occupy one of the newly set up tables outside the Warehouse, she ordered crawfish linguine. But we have a choice to live life.”Around her, King Street was stirring to life after months of relative inactivity. A group of city workers walked by, spray-painting the outer boundaries of where Fish Market and other eateries could set up tables. Business at Fish Market and Pop’s plummeted.
Welcome to T-Pain’s Animal Crossing island
But for T-Pain, the Animal Crossing isle hopping was less about that champagne lifestyle and closer to something like a family vacation. Three in the family [play Animal Crossing] right now, but it’s only just started. It’s gonna expand throughout the house at some point.”ADT-Pain greets me at the gate of Oak Island airport in full regalia. Maybe that’s not your ideal of relaxing island life, but Oak Island is clearly aiming for a more festive tropical-bash feel. “I got all my islanders there, showin’ love.”The rest of T-Pain’s island remains relatively untouched, wilderness.
Shang Tsung’s devilish smirk is almost worth the price of ‘Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath’
ADIt isn’t a spoiler to say that Shang Tsung has a trick up his sleeve. Shang Tsung is played by Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, the Hawaii-born actor who played the role in the seminal 1995 Mortal Kombat action movie. As the god of wind, he floats and dashes around the screen like he’s straight out of a Capcom fighter, not a “Mortal Kombat” game. And that’s what the “Mortal Kombat” series is. ADADAnyone who never got “Mortal Kombat 11” in the first place is in for a good deal.
Trump battles Twitter for the ability to share his unpopular tweets
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 25, 2018The result was Trump’s most positive day overall with Republicans and with independents. From early to mid-March, positive views of Trump’s tweets increased for each group, including a big jump among Democrats. The downward turn in his two-week average began April 12 — Easter, the day Trump once posited could herald a return to normal after the pandemic. His tweets that day began with a general Easter greeting (well received) but quickly devolved into attacks on the media (not). Several of those tweets are in the bottom quarter of the tweets that Trump has offered as president and scored particularly poorly among independents.
Supreme Court considers churches’ demands that states lift pandemic restrictions
It says that houses of worship are treated unequally in eight states. ADBut that is a moving target, as the litigation at the Supreme Court shows. Jay Pritzker (D) has removed the state’s ban on gatherings of more than 10 people, and California Gov. ADA panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, by a 2-to-1 vote, denied the church’s petition. AD“We’re dealing here with a highly contagious and often fatal disease for which there presently is no known cure,” the court said.
Europeans emerging from covid lockdowns find a conspicuous absence of Americans
The coronavirus and accompanying travel restrictions have forced a distance between Europe and the United States unseen since the dawn of commercial air travel. ADAs European countries gradually emerge from their lockdowns, people here are finding cities that feel and sound as they haven’t in decades. travelers as well — but only from select countries, and not yet the United States, which is dealing with the world’s largest coronavirus outbreak. Airlines will have to relaunch routes as well; at the moment, for instance, there are no direct flights connecting Rome and the United States. Will they be able to afford to come?”For Americans living in Europe, the realities of being abroad have also changed.
Trump says U.S. to withdraw from World Health Organization and announces new broadsides against Beijing
In Rose Garden remarks, Trump also attacked the World Health Organization, which he said was effectively controlled by Beijing. Xi’s decision to impose security legislation on Hong Kong directly rather than by working through the territory’s local legislature may mark the collapse of that “one country, two systems” approach. ADThe U.S. since 1992 has treated Hong Kong as a separate jurisdiction from China for the purposes of trade, customs and visa regulations. Caught in the middle of the deepening U.S.-China dispute are more than 1,350 U.S. corporations with offices in Hong Kong. ADThe Chinese National People’s Congress, the country’s rubber-stamp legislature, on Thursday approved a plan to impose national security legislation in Hong Kong.
Anything to get reelected: Trump once more stokes violence
It was bad enough when candidate Trump glorified violence, but his false bravado continued well into his presidency. Now in the midst of violent protests in response to the horrifying, unjustified police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Trump is at it again. The Post reports, “President Trump called the protesters ‘THUGS,’ while suggesting military intervention and warning in a tweet that there could be additional violence if the chaos continued. But he is calling for violence against American citizens during a moment of pain for so many. — Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) May 29, 2020Trump is intentionally fomenting racial violence as a means of whipping up his base, a segment of which has always been motivated by white grievance.
Canada’s coronavirus crisis exposes the deadly issues in long-term care
As of May 27, I counted 24 long-term-care facilities where 50 or more people have died. ADDespite the fact that Canada has national public health care, the long-term-care system is a mix of public and private institutions, and not nationally coordinated. ADThe problems that plagued long-term care in Canada were well known before the crisis. ADLike regular health care, long-term care falls under provincial jurisdiction, so many of the fixes to the system must be made at the provincial level. ADBut more than that, Canada needs long-term care to be included in the Canada Health Act, the funding framework that ensures that all Canadians have access to public health care, regardless of province or territory of residence.
Hong Kong and Taiwan are cultural powerhouses. That terrifies Beijing.
ADADThe latest example of this trend is Beijing’s brazen decision to push through a “national security” law in Hong Kong in reaction to the city’s pro-democracy protests. As I was growing up in the United States, the Chinese pop albums I listened to and movies I watched were primarily from Hong Kong and Taiwan. Later would come household names who got their start in Hong Kong and still resonate on the international stage, including Anita Mui, Stephen Chow, Maggie Cheung, Faye Wong, Wong Kar-wai and Michelle Yeoh. Even today, Hong Kong artists and Taiwanese celebrities hold considerable cultural clout, working in the mainland and appearing and performing on variety shows and television dramas. On mainland singing competition shows, contestants often perform songs by Hong Kong or Taiwanese artists.
Live updates: Trump terminates U.S. relationship with WHO, claiming it misled world about coronavirus
The park has been in Phase One of a three-part plan to reopen for about two weeks, after reopening its Wyoming entrances on May 18. During phase one, visitors have access to roads, trails, public restrooms, gas stations, medical clinics, approved tours and entrance stations. On Monday, the park will resume access to boating, fishing and takeout food services, park officials said. Park officials said some people wore masks and maintained social distancing in the park, but others did not. Meanwhile, the National Park Service has increased efforts to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus within Yellowstone park.
White people can compartmentalize police brutality. Black people don’t have the luxury.
The Shaver video is one of the most haunting and horrifying recordings of police abuse you’re ever likely to see. According to The Post’s database of fatal police shootings, since 2015 police have shot and killed about twice as many white people as black people. Cops may shoot and kill twice as many white people as black, but there about six times as many white people as black people in the United States. More than 7 in 10 white officers said these were isolated incidents, while nearly 6 in 10 black officers said they were signs of a broader problem. If you’re white, you can view the footage of Daniel Shaver’s death, feel some anger and move on.
Minnesota governor issues spectacular apology for arrest of CNN journalists covering George Floyd protests
I also want to address an issue and this one is on me and I will own it. A few minutes after hearing that, I was on a call with CNN President Jeff Zucker, who demanded to know what happened. I take full responsibility, there is absolutely no reason something like this should happen. This is a very public apology to that team; it should not happen. So to CNN, to the CNN team, to the journalists here, this is about having a plan, and that’s what these folks are going to talk about.
‘When the looting starts, the shooting starts’: Trump quotes Miami police chief’s notorious 1967 warning
“I’ve let the word filter down that when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” Headley said. “Community relations and all that sort of thing has failed,” he said during his news conference. AD“Don’t these people know that most of the crimes in the Negro districts are against Negroes?” he said, according to the Miami Herald. His officers “know what to do,” he said, according to the New York Times, apparently echoing his 1967 comment again: “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.”Headley’s threats to kill caused massive upheaval and several investigations. The looting quote was echoed by others, including presidential candidate George Wallace, who uttered it on the campaign trail.
Trump’s Looting and ‘Shooting’ Remarks Escalate Crisis in Minneapolis
The president framed his comments in explicitly ideological terms, as a denunciation of a liberal local government that had failed to maintain order, before abruptly retreating from them some 14 hours later in a slapdash effort to claim he had been misinterpreted. At an event in the Rose Garden on Friday afternoon, he made no mention of events in Minneapolis, took no questions and offered no acknowledgment of the spiraling conflagration over his initial outbursts on Twitter.
Trump Moves to Strip Hong Kong of Special U.S. Relationship
Mr. Trump made clear on Friday that he no longer considered Hong Kong to be separate from China. “China claims it is protecting national security. But the truth is that Hong Kong was secure and prosperous as a free society. Beijing’s decision reverses all of that. It extends the reach of China’s invasive state security apparatus into what was formally a bastion of liberty,” Mr. Trump said.
Coronavirus Live Updates: Trump Says He Will Terminate U.S. Relationship With W.H.O.
LIVE UPDATES Updated May 29, 2020, 3:32 p.m. ET May 29, 2020, 3:32 p.m. ETCoronavirus Live Updates: Trump Says He Will Terminate U.S. New York City could start reopening on June 8, the governor said. Economists say that the path ahead for the economy is wildly uncertain.
Automakers expand US production, even as COVID-19 cases increase
Automakers expand US production, even as COVID-19 cases increaseBy Shannon Jones29 May 2020Even as new cases of COVID-19 are discovered on an almost daily basis at US auto plants the reopening of the industry is moving ahead at full speed. On Wednesday, Ford temporarily halted production at its Chicago Stamping Plant in Chicago Heights, Illinois after a worker tested positive for COVID-19. Now Ford’s and the government’s debt has to be paid off through pumping profits out of the backs of Ford workers, regardless of the threat to their lives. This will rebound upon auto parts workers who will be hit with wage cuts and job losses as the parts industry goes through a new wave of bankruptcies and consolidation. US automakers are putting enormous pressure on Mexican officials to reopen auto parts plants that are crucial to US vehicle assembly.
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa
Italian workers at US multinational threaten walkout over redundanciesItalian workers at US-based multinational electronics company Jabil are threatening strike action against redundancies. The FIOM-CGIL, FIM-CISL and UILM unions at the plant promised strike action, declaring the sackings illegal. Strike ballot of refuse workers at council in Medway, south-east EnglandRefuse workers employed by UK subcontractor Medway Norse were balloted for strike action, with results pending. The airline proposed setting up a company union for flight attendants to push through its attacks, preferable to outsourcing flight attendant roles. AfricaSouth African health workers strike for protection against coronavirus riskThere was further wildcat strike action by South African doctors and nurses at a hospital in Eastern Cape on May 20.
American ruling class exploits the pandemic to escalate assault on jobs and wages
American ruling class exploits the pandemic to escalate assault on jobs and wages29 May 2020Another 2.1 million workers in the United States filed for unemployment benefits last week, according to the US Labor Department. Millions of jobless workers are not counted in the official toll because they are undocumented immigrants, self-employed or so-called gig workers. Prior to the pandemic, there was a major growth of social struggle and political radicalization of the working class in every country. The entire policy of the ruling class in response to the pandemic will produce a vast expansion of class conflict. The fight against both the pandemic and the social catastrophe facing the working class is a fight against the financial oligarchy and the capitalist system.
Howie Hawkins and the Green Party: Capitalist politics in the guise of “ecosocialism”
Howie Hawkins and the Green Party: Capitalist politics in the guise of “ecosocialism”By Evan Blake29 May 2020In the aftermath of Bernie Sanders’ endorsement of Democratic Party candidate Joe Biden last month, the Green Party is presenting itself as the continuation of Sanders’ “political revolution.” Workers and youth seeking an alternative to the Democrats and Republicans must be warned: The Green Party is a capitalist party with no real independence from the Democrats. The Green Party is presently on track to nominate Howie Hawkins, one of the co-founders of the party in 1984, as its presidential candidate. Both Hawkins and Walker are also members of Socialist Party USA and Solidarity, pseudo-left groups that operate in the orbit of the Democratic Party. Biden personifies the Democratic Party as a party of Wall Street and the military. We’ll see, I’m not sure.”In class terms, the Green Party is a party of the upper middle class.
Germany: Defend climate activist group “Ende Gelände” against the secret service
Germany: Defend climate activist group “Ende Gelände” against the secret serviceBy Peter Schwarz29 May 2020A climate change group linked to the youth organisations of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), the Left Party and the Greens, who govern together in the city-state of Berlin, are being spied on by the secret service. By denouncing anti-capitalist and anti-fascist endeavours as “left-wing extremist,” the secret service is preparing a ban on socialist organisations in the tradition of Bismarck and Hitler. He was sent into early retirement because he had supported a right-wing extremist demonstration in Chemnitz. The federal executives of Green Youth, Left Youth Solid and Jusos have published a joint statement condemning the citing of “Ende Gelände” in the Berlin secret service report. Andreas Geisel, Berlin’s Interior Senator, who oversees the matter, praised the secret service report for its “carefully differentiated” presentation.
Singer Johnny Cash’s first wife: “My Darling Vivian” shows us the woman who walked the line
Vivian Liberto (1934-2005) married Cash in 1954, not long before his rapid rise to fame. Unlike Carter, Liberto avoided the spotlight. What little place Liberto held in popular consciousness quickly disappeared after Cash and Carter married. Singer Rosanne Cash, the first child of Cash and Liberto, has said that her mother’s story was lost. Vivian Liberto, Rosanne Cash, Kathy Cash and Johnny CashCash played and sang with local musicians in the evenings, and they eventually won a contract with Sun Records.
City University of New York to lay off thousands of adjunct faculty amid financial crisis
City University of New York to lay off thousands of adjunct faculty amid financial crisisBy Elliott Murtagh29 May 2020The City University of New York (CUNY) system is beginning to implement sweeping budget cuts triggered by New York state’s estimated $13.3 billion loss in tax revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic. So far, administration is targeting thousands of adjunct faculty members for layoff and are looking to significantly reduce the number of classes being offered. Similar announcements have been made by City College, Queens College and the College of Staten Island. As of May 6, CUNY has reported that 14 faculty, 10 staff and 3 students have died from COVID-19. CUNY students have also taken a stand against the budget cuts and firing of adjuncts.
Sri Lankan government responds to rising COVID-19 infections by abandoning expatriate workers
Sri Lankan government responds to rising COVID-19 infections by abandoning expatriate workersBy Saman Gunadasa29 May 2020This week, the Sri Lankan government stopped planned air flights to bring Sri Lankan migrant workers back home from the Middle East. The surge was a result virus-infected migrant workers returning from Kuwait, Dubai and Qatar, along with increased cases among Sri Lankan sailors. The Sri Lankan government, however, failed to immediately organise their return, even as the pandemic rapidly spread in Kuwait. The Sri Lankan workers, many of whom are destitute and currently staying in unsafe and overcrowded accommodation, even staged a protest outside the Sri Lankan embassy in Kuwait. The Sri Lankan government had done nothing more than advising the migrant workers to be careful and register their locations.
Financial press hails Australian government’s union-employer offensive against workers
Financial press hails Australian government’s union-employer offensive against workersBy Oscar Grenfell29 May 2020The financial press has welcomed Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s announcement on Tuesday of a tripartite offensive against workers’ jobs, wages and conditions, to be enforced by state and federal governments, the major corporations and the trade unions. Morrison made a point of thanking the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) and its secretary, Sally McManus, for their role since the coronavirus pandemic began. This has included slashing penalty rates for millions of hospitality and clerical workers and removing shift restrictions. On paper, it requires that the conditions of all workers covered by an EA be “better off” than previously. McManus has previously bragged about the ACTU’s role in overhauling working conditions within the space of a week across a number of industries since March.
Child poverty and hunger set to spike in Puerto Rico
Child poverty and hunger set to spike in Puerto RicoBy Alberto Escalera29 May 2020A recent study conducted by the Institute of Youth Development (IYD) in Puerto Rico is warning of a sharp increase in the already shameful level of child poverty in the US colony due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The increase in the number of youth living in extreme poverty is by no means a phenomenon limited to places like Puerto Rico. Approximately 40 percent of the elderly in Puerto Rico also live below the poverty line. Another policy prescription proposed by the report’s authors calls for including Puerto Rico in the federal Pandemic EBT program enacted by the US Congress this past March. However, school officials in Puerto Rico have yet to make public any plans to carry out the court ruling.
With support from the teacher unions, Trump demands the unsafe reopening of schools “ASAP”
With support from the teacher unions, Trump demands the unsafe reopening of schools “ASAP”By Nancy Hanover29 May 2020In a late-night tweet on Sunday, US President Donald Trump declared, “Schools in our country should be opened ASAP. Nevertheless, the dangerous proposition is being used to justify the reopening of schools in many European countries. A Politico/Morning Consult poll published last week found 41 percent of Americans said it was a bad idea to reopen schools this fall, while about one-third thought it was a good idea. Reopening schools under these conditions means mass deaths and suffering will escalate. They are highly paid accomplices in the drive to reopen schools and force workers back on the job.
Letter from an American teacher: “In a pandemic, no one is safe unless we are all safe.”
Letter from an American teacher: “In a pandemic, no one is safe unless we are all safe.”29 May 2020The WSWS Teacher Newsletter has received this letter from a high school AP Biology teacher in the Bay Area, California for publication, opposing the reopening of schools with in-person learning. ***Dear Superintendent and Board Members,I am a father of a middle school student and a teacher of Biology and AP Biology. Any one of them, alone, should be sufficient justification to keep the schools physically closed and continue Distance Learning (DL) for the 2020-2021 school year. The pandemic and the SIP are stressful to everyone, students, teachers, and their families. In a pandemic, no one is safe unless we are all safe.
Amid worsening economic downturn, European Union moves to set up bailout fund
Amid worsening economic downturn, European Union moves to set up bailout fundBy Nick Beams29 May 2020The European Commission, the executive branch of the European Union, has set out a €750 billion economic recovery plan to try and counter the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its economy amid fears that unless action is taken the bloc could disintegrate. Of the €750 billion, €500 billion would be in the form of non-repayable grants with a further €250 billion issued as loans. Dubbed the “frugal four,” they have insisted that there should be an emergency fund financed by loans only. The move to establish the new fund comes amid warnings that the effects of the pandemic on the European economy are far more serious than had been initially anticipated. The decision raised wide concerns about the future of the European Union and the ECB.
UK: Weston General Hospital shuts due to coronavirus outbreak among staff
UK: Weston General Hospital shuts due to coronavirus outbreak among staffBy Robert Stevens and Ben Trent29 May 2020The closure on Monday, due to a coronavirus outbreak, of Weston General Hospital in Weston-super-Mare, England is a devastating rebuttal of all government claims that the worst of the coronavirus pandemic is over. This information was based on information in an internal memo leaked by a staff member at the hospital. Among the deaths was Weston Hospital health care support worker Amarante Dias, who died from COVID-19 on April 13. Many NHS hospital staff will have unwittingly passed on the coronavirus due to there being no systematic testing for months. The crisis at Weston hospital points to the immense dangers associated with the government’s reckless ending of the lockdown, with nurseries and primary schools to begin opening from Monday.
UK: Johnson government forced to retreat over attacks on migrant NHS workers
UK: Johnson government forced to retreat over attacks on migrant NHS workersBy Tony Robson29 May 2020The Johnson government was forced last week to abandon plans to penalise migrant workers in the National Health Service (NHS) and social care. The intended Tory attack affected migrant workers from outside the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area. The government intended to resume its onslaught against migrant workers and the NHS. The first recorded deaths of NHS staff from COVID-19 were two doctors from Sudan. The backtracking by the government has meant an immediate reprieve for NHS and social care workers but has also confirmed the second-class status for non-EU/EEA migrant workers.
California Governor Gavin Newsom ramps up reopening despite serious public health threats
California Governor Gavin Newsom ramps up reopening despite serious public health threatsBy Norisa Santa Cruz and Meenakshi Jagadeesan29 May 2020California Governor Gavin Newsom announced this week that the state is rapidly moving through his phased reopening plan, after being under lockdown since March 19. As of Tuesday, 47 of 58 counties in the state have been cleared for the third stage of re-opening. Newsom has also allowed retailers statewide to resume in-store sales if permitted by their counties. The moves to reopen have provoked serious concerns from public health experts across the board. Meanwhile, there are at least 4,551 reported cases in the Mexican state of Baja California, California’s southern neighbor.
New York governor exempts nursing home operators from criminal liability after taking millions from the industry
New York governor exempts nursing home operators from criminal liability after taking millions from the industryBy Philip Guelpa29 May 2020As the COVID-19 pandemic has spread around the world, among the most dangerous venues for its propagation have been nursing homes and elder care facilities. In effect, nursing homes and elder care facilities became concentrated nodes of infection—disease vectors—from which the virus was propagated into the surrounding community. Driving this pathological situation is the reality that nursing homes and elder care facilities are either privately run for profit or government institutions operating on shoe-string budgets. In a little-remarked provision of the recently adopted 2020-21 state budget, hospitals and nursing homes were shielded from liability for actions taken during the pandemic. The Associated Press reports that more than 4,500 patients infected with coronavirus were transferred to nursing homes that were not adequately prepared to receive them.
Nursing union NYSNA provides cover for Cuomo’s push to reopen the economy
With a membership of over 42,000 nurses NYSNA is the largest nursing union in the state and the US. Throughout the past months, it has blocked any struggle by nurses and other health care workers for more PPE. Health care workers must not accept that thousands more will die for the profits of Wall Street. These demands can only be implemented through the establishment of rank-and-file workplace safety committees by health care workers in every hospital and workplace. It is among the working class across the US and internationally that health care workers will find their true allies.
Russia’s right-wing opposition tries to gain from COVID-19 crisis
Russia’s right-wing opposition tries to gain from COVID-19 crisisBy Andrea Peters29 May 2020The COVID-19 pandemic has unleashed a political crisis inside Russia, as the Kremlin struggles to bring the outbreak under control and address its economic fallout. The parade, which at the very least will bring thousands of soldiers to the capital city—the center of Russia’s COVID-19 outbreak—threatens a new surge in the pandemic. Alexei NavalnyAs Russia’s government tries to shore up its position, Alexei Navalny, the leading spokesperson of the liberal opposition and a self-styled “anticorruption” politician, is working to capitalize on mass discontent and steer it in a right-wing direction. Special place is given to videos by Leonid Volkov, a Yale-trained, right-wing ally of Navalny’s, to raise questions about the government’s questionable virus counts. Navalny has a long history of close involvement with far-right politics, including marching alongside Russia’s fascists and spitting vitriol about immigrants.
White House considers expelling Chinese graduate students and researchers
White House considers expelling Chinese graduate students and researchersBy Shuvu Batta29 May 2020On Thursday, based on reports given by US state officials, the New York Times broke news that the Trump administration plans to expel some three to five thousand Chinese graduate students and researchers. However, the US’s attacks against Chinese scientists and students risk undermining their own technological and scientific level. According to the National Science Foundation, compared to 69 percent of Europeans, over 90 percent of Chinese STEM students have remained in the US after a decade. More Chinese scientists move to the United States than vice versa. In response to Thursday’s news, a Bloomberg Opinion piece asked the question “Although the vast majority of scientific articles by Chinese researchers are published in their own language, the best researchers publish in English.
Trump intrudes in China-India border standoff
The LAC is meant to serve as the de facto border between the world’s two most populous countries pending final resolution of their border dispute. But the LAC is not precisely delineated along much of the 3,400-kilometre (2,100 mile) Sino-Indian border, giving rise to frequent disagreements. During the 73-day Doklam standoff, Beijing and New Delhi exchanged threats of a military clash in what was the most serious border crisis since they fought a brief border war in 1962. Indian Army Chief General Manoj Naravane visited the army headquarters at Leh, Ladakh’s capital, on May 22 to confer with commanders of India’s border forces. As the WSWS has previously noted, Wells’ statement of support appears to have quickly led to a hardening of India’s stance in the current border standoff.
Local television stations broadcast fake news stories scripted by Amazon
Local television stations broadcast fake news stories scripted by AmazonBy Douglas Lyons and Nick Barrickman29 May 2020Amazon provided edited and scripted news reports to nearly a dozen local news stations ahead of Amazon’s annual shareholder meeting Wednesday. The company’s fake news broadcasts turned reality on its head, presenting Amazon as a paragon of concern for workers’ safety. The segments dishonestly introduced Todd Walker, an Amazon Public Relations manager, as an independent reporter uncovering the “unprecedented ways” Amazon is tackling the COVID-19 crisis by innovating in the workplace. The International Amazon Workers Voice spoke to Amazon workers this week about the real conditions inside Amazon’s warehouses and about management’s contradictory and callous attitude to safety. “Workers need a guiding light,” an Amazon worker in Maryland said, endorsing the demand for independent rank-and-file safety committees.
Attorney Lee Merritt speaks on conspiracy to cover-up Ahmaud Arbery’s murder
Attorney Lee Merritt speaks on conspiracy to cover-up Ahmaud Arbery’s murderBy Matthew MacEgan29 May 2020Attorney Lee Merritt, who is representing the family of Ahmaud Arbery, provided greater details on the background of the case in an interview conducted by the World Socialist Web Site on Wednesday. Attorney Lee MerrittThe case went through the offices of three different district attorneys before the GBI stepped in and arrested the McMichaels and Bryan this month. Regarding George Barnhill, the second DA to be assigned to the case, Merritt told the WSWS that he did not voluntarily recuse himself until Ahmaud Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper, discovered direct conflicts involving his son. Beth Graddy, English’s attorney, told reporters that this suggests that Gregory McMichael was deputized prior to Arbery’s murder. That’s why we called the murder of Ahmaud Arbery a ‘lynching’ from the beginning.
Rise in deaths attributed to pneumonia suggests official US coronavirus death toll is grossly undercounted
During that same period, there were 47,812 pneumonia deaths, which is 65 percent higher than normal, based on seasonal averages. The likely higher numbers are corroborated by data from the website statista.com, which shows that from February to May 16, the number of COVID-19 deaths was 73,639, and that the number of pneumonia deaths was 89,555. The data from statista shows 6,253 deaths from the flu, barely eight percent of the deaths from COVID-19. And even those, the site notes, also include “deaths with pneumonia or COVID-19 also listed as a cause of death.”The unexplained sharp increase in pneumonia deaths is notable in many of the states that rushed to reopen as early as possible. The undercounting of COVID-19 deaths is being obfuscated by the CDC.
Ontario takes over running of nursing homes where military documented systematic negligence
Ontario takes over running of nursing homes where military documented systematic negligenceBy Roger Jordan29 May 2020The right-wing Ontario government of Premier Doug Ford invoked an emergency power Wednesday to assume control of five long-term care homes where massive coronavirus outbreaks have killed hundreds of residents. In Ontario alone, outbreaks have been confirmed at over 250 of the province’s 626 long-term care homes. In Quebec, the death toll among long-term care residents is 2,700. The military’s report documents in painful detail how the five long-term care facilities became killing fields. A separate military report provided grizzly details on the deplorable state of 25 care homes in neighbouring Quebec.
Hidden in the New House Coronavirus Relief Bill: Billions for Defense Contractors
Help Us Report on Coronavirus Are you a public health worker, medical provider, elected official, patient or other COVID-19 expert? In language that mirrors what an industry group proposed, the HEROES Act goes beyond just reimbursing wages. The Senate has yet to take up the new House bill, so the companies have not reaped a windfall yet. The HEROES Act section pushed by Connolly seeks to “clarify” that. The six-term congressman has long been an advocate for contracting firms and before joining Congress worked for the Science Applications International Corp., a government contractor that became Leidos.
Tomgram: Danny Sjursen, The End of War As We Know It?
This was the life on the conveyor belt of American war that a generation of soldiers like me lived. They were generally handling the lethal end of American war, calling in airstrikes, while training, advising, and sometimes even leading often abusive indigenous forces. In Cold BloodThought of a certain way, American war will, in the future, increasingly be waged in cold blood. Like their predecessors, future American wars in cold blood will fail, but with efficiency and, from the point of view of the military-industrial complex, lucratively. He has written a memoir of the Iraq War, Ghost Riders of Baghdad: Soldiers, Civilians, and the Myth of the Surge.
Mass anger erupts throughout the US in protests against police murder of George Floyd
Live updatesMass anger erupts throughout the US in protests against police murder of George FloydBy Anthony Bertolt29 May 2020Update: 2:00 PM EasternThe police officer who killed George Floyd was taken into custody by investigators, Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington announced late Friday morning. ***Protests and demonstrations have erupted throughout the US in an explosive reaction to the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In Minneapolis, thousands gathered on the same block where Floyd was killed and marched to the Minneapolis Third Police Precinct building. “I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American city, Minneapolis,” Trump tweeted. The eruption of anger is not only over the killing of George Floyd.
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Por Mike Head, 28 mayo 2020La intervención acosadora de Pompeo es parte de una campańa intensiva de Washington para enfrentar a China económicamente y militarmente. New in FrenchAnthony Torres, 22 mai 2020L’État, les banques et le patronat coordonnent avec les appareils syndicaux des attaques historiques contre l’emploi et les droits sociaux pendant le déconfinement. Jacques Valentin, 22 mai 2020Abandonnée des pouvoirs publics français, le département d’outre-mer dans l’Océan indien fait face ŕ l’épidémie dans des conditions sociales et sanitaires déplorables. Peter Symonds, 22. mai 2020USA har provoserende hyllet gjenvalget av den taiwanske presidenten Tsai Ing-wen og presset pĺ for Taiwans sak under det ĺrlige ministermřtet for Verdens helseorganisasjon (WHO). Andrea Peters, 22. mai 2020Om litt mer enn to uker vil 6 000 amerikanske og polske tropper simulere bakke og luftbĺrne angrep ca.
Cop who killed George Floyd in Minneapolis had record of brutality
Cop who killed George Floyd in Minneapolis had record of brutalityBy Kristina Betinis29 May 2020Derek Chauvin, the 19-year veteran of the Minneapolis Police Department who killed George Floyd, had a long record of abuse, including three shooting incidents, about 20 complaints and two letters of reprimand. The police murder in Minneapolis is part of an unending string of outrages that occur on a daily basis. Derek ChauvinTou Thao, another police officer involved in the killing, has also been subject to excessive force complaints. Thao was the defendant in a lawsuit that alleged he beat a handcuffed citizen, and the city of Minneapolis paid out $25,000 to his victim. Reyes was shot multiple times and killed.
Police attack on unarmed woman in Ypsilanti, Michigan sparks three days of protests
Police attack on unarmed woman in Ypsilanti, Michigan sparks three days of protestsBy James Brookfield29 May 2020Several hundred workers and youth gathered in Washtenaw County, Michigan for a third consecutive day on Thursday to protest a brutal police attack on an unarmed woman that occurred in the early morning hours of Tuesday. Daniyal Grady El was hit with a police taser. Wayne County, where Detroit is located, is the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in Michigan and has 20,000 cases and 2,400 fatalities. On Tuesday afternoon, protestors gathered outside a Washtenaw County Sheriff’s building in neighboring Ann Arbor before entering. The sheriff who attacked Ms. Grady El has been placed on paid administrative leave but not publicly identified.
Donald Trump unmasked: Culture-war nihilism is his last line of defense
He has taken the already polarized Republican Party and turned it into a cult of personality. Advertisement:As Salon's Igor Derysh reports, studies show that people who watch Fox are far more inclined to defy public health guidelines. Masks and social distancing are common-sense ways to begin doing that, and normalizing that behavior will bring back the economy more quickly. Advertisement:According to the Washington Post, there are businesses in various parts of the country now barring customers from wearing masks in their establishments. His followers would buy red MAGA masks by the truckload and turn social distancing into the mark of macho American individualism.
Amid Pandemic, Everyone Should Be Deemed “Essential” — and Protected as Such
The government has deemed both my husband, a naval officer, and Aleha’s husband “essential workers.” That means my husband must go into the Pentagon a few days a month right now to handle mysterious — to me, at least — matters related to our country’s nuclear arsenal. In our gender- and class-stratified society, you are usually deemed “essential” only when those in power feel they truly need you. It’s no secret anymore that one casualty of our national “war” against this pandemic is a mental-health crisis on a staggering scale. Yet none of her family members had either the knowledge, money, or connections to get the best health care, if infected. Yet the obvious corollary to that argument has certainly not been applied to our health care infrastructure in these years and we’re paying for that today.
Tomgram: Andrea Mazzarino, Why We Need Redundancy in More Than the Military
Given bans on movement, military spouses and kids scheduled to relocate (a common enough phenomenon in such a life) or families with a member deployed elsewhere in the world are living in striking states of isolation and uncertainty. It’s striking how little effort our military's high command has put into understanding the effects of national crises on the health of military families. The government has deemed both my husband, a naval officer, and Aleha's husband "essential workers." Yet none of her family members had either the knowledge, money, or connections to get the best health care, if infected. Yet the obvious corollary to that argument has certainly not been applied to our health care infrastructure in these years and we’re paying for that today.
Essential Remittances To Africa Devastated By Coronavirus Pandemic
As reports of the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic continue to grow many African countries are witnessing the slowdown of remittances from guest workers in foreign countries. And as you said to give talks, give it context it is important to put this in the context of development financing, capital flows from and to African countries. What we also see is that the sources of these remittances are quite concentrated mostly from Europe, the US and from other African countries. So the numbers may be a little bit off, but it is the case that if in the event African countries were to go to see an increase in the COVID cases this would dramatically affect employment in African countries. We’ve been discussing the sudden drop in remittances that African nations have been receiving from foreign workers abroad working as guest workers, and many nations, many families depend on these remittances for daily survival.
Trump Opposes Masks Because Culture War Nihilism Is His Last Line of Defense
He has taken the already polarized Republican Party and turned it into a cult of personality. What he doesn’t want is anyone wearing masks. Masks and social distancing are common-sense ways to begin doing that, and normalizing that behavior will bring back the economy more quickly. According to the Washington Post, there are businesses in various parts of the country now barring customers from wearing masks in their establishments. His followers would buy red MAGA masks by the truckload and turn social distancing into the mark of macho American individualism.
Police Arrested Afro-Latino Reporter While Treating White Colleague “Politely”
CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez, an Afro-Latino reporter for the TV network, was arrested Friday morning while covering the Minneapolis uprising, which took place in response to the police killing of George Floyd earlier this week. The camera crew working alongside Jimenez was also arrested. CNN decried the arrest of Jimenez and his camera crew as “a clear violation of their First Amendment rights” as journalists, and demanded the employees’ immediate release. “I was treated much differently than [CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez] was,” Campbell said. They asked politely to move back.”At no point was Campbell or his crew threatened with arrest.
Minneapolis Protesters Call to Defund the Police
As thousands take to the streets of Minneapolis to protest against the police killing of George Floyd for the third night in a row, we go to Minneapolis to speak with City Councilmember Jeremiah Ellison. AMY GOODMAN: Thousands took to the streets of Minneapolis Thursday as protests against the police killing of George Floyd rocked the city for the third night in a row. On Thursday, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman was questioned about the delay in charging and arresting the officers involved in the killing of George Floyd. AMY GOODMAN: George Floyd’s murder sparked an uprising in Minneapolis, as some protesters lit fires and destroyed building fronts. And so now is really the time for the Minneapolis City Council and mayor to defund the police and invest in community.
Police Arrest CNN Journalist During Live TV Coverage of George Floyd Protests
A CNN journalist and his entire camera crew were arrested by Minnesota state police Friday morning during their live television coverage of the aftermath of Minneapolis protests over the killing of George Floyd. The officers did not respond as Jimenez asked repeatedly why he was being arrested. Moments later, members of Jimenez’s camera crew were also arrested. “The irony astounds me.”About an hour after their arrest, Jimenez and his crew were released from police custody. Tim Walz apologized for the arrest of the CNN crew Friday morning, calling it “totally unacceptable.”“They clearly had the right to be there,” said Walz.
Trump Calls Protesters “Thugs” and Threatens “Shooting” in Response to “Looting”
Trump referred to demonstrators against police brutality as “THUGS” who “are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd” and expressed a willingness to use force to crush the uprising. “Any difficulty and we will assume control, but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” the president wrote. Trump’s tweets on Friday morning were denounced for being racist and potentially inciting violence among his most ardent base of supporters. “Second president in a row to describe Black people uprising as ‘thugs’; Only this time, this President is explicitly signaling death to those resisting,” Preston wrote. Rather than calling those Michigan protesters “thugs,” Trump referred to them as “very good people” who were deserving of a deal, Rashid noted.
Billions for Defense Contractor Hidden in New House COVID Relief Bill
The section of the new bill seeks to “clarify” a provision of the $2 trillion CARES Act that passed on March 27. In language that mirrors what an industry group proposed, the HEROES Act goes beyond just reimbursing wages. The Senate has yet to take up the new House bill, so the companies have not reaped a windfall yet. The HEROES Act section pushed by Connolly seeks to “clarify” that. The six-term congressman has long been an advocate for contracting firms and before joining Congress worked for the Science Applications International Corp., a government contractor that became Leidos.
Forget “Looting.” Capitalism Is the Real Robbery.
Simply spreading images of racist killings and asking the state to stop killing us is not going to stop them. And so, for some who oppose racist killings, watching the videos, waiting to vote, and marching in protest feels like enough. We should expect property to be damaged, as people rise up against the racist systems complicit with racist violence. Still, the “looting” by the oppressed will always be condemned more than the structural robbery that’s long taken place under capitalism. People have also been robbed of a safe place to live free from state violence, where they can breathe clean air.
Outrage In Minneapolis After Police Killing Caught On Video
Taya Graham: There’s anger in the streets of Minneapolis. And anger over this video, showing Floyd, who was African American, begging for his life as Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin puts down forward pressure with his knee on Floyd’s neck. Minneapolis mayor, Jacob Frey pleaded for calm, but he also called for the arrest of Officer Chauvin. Taya Graham: Mayor Frey also asked the governor of Minnesota to deploy the National Guard, to quell the unrest in the community. Minneapolis police have said little about what led to Floyd’s arrest.
California Sheriff Refuses to Release People From Jail as COVID Outbreak Rages
Bianco did not mention that the five jails he oversees in Riverside County have suffered one of the largest jail outbreaks of COVID-19 in California. As of Thursday, there were 209 confirmed cases in the Riverside County jail system, up from 203 on Wednesday, according to the local public health department. Compare those numbers to neighboring Los Angeles County, where 182 people currently held in county jails have tested positive, according to the L.A. County Sherriff’s Department. “Who makes him judge now?” said Lisa Matus, who has two sons awaiting trial in a Riverside jail, in an April interview with the Los Angeles Times. Last month, the Prison Law Office filed an emergency motion in the case to force Riverside jails to institute social distancing and provide hygiene supplies.
Without Anger Over Inequality and Lynchings, We Have No Hope for Democracy
The anger that has erupted in Minneapolis and across the country in response to the brutal killing of George Floyd gives me hope. This anger — whether expressed peacefully or violently — is ignited by a betrayal of human equality. Without this anger, we have no hope for maintaining a democracy in the United States. In Minneapolis, where Floyd died, organizers led a peaceful march to the 3rd Precinct. The Black anger he refers to has been stoked by years of police brutality, in which mostly white cops arrest, use force and kill African Americans out of proportion to their numbers.
New Details Of Deadly No-Knock Warrant Shows Just How Reckless Police Can Be
That’s because there are details of the case that the mainstream media missed and could shed a critical light on the case. When we get out of the bed or whatever, walking towards door, the door comes off the hinges. And he says, “Every time I see you, every time I see you, I’m going to make sure that I run up your heart rate. And I’m going to say a third of them were masked up. Kenneth Dunham: Thank you.
Baltimore Mayoral Candidate Wants to Limit Mayoral Power
One leading mayoral candidate, City Council President Brandon Scott, is opposed to Baltimore’s “Strong Mayor” system which is favored by business interests, and features limiting the power of the office he is seeking as part of his campaign. “I’m not running for mayor of Baltimore so I can have all the power,” Scott said. Unlike Congress, Baltimore’s City Council does not have the power to appropriate any funding. Another proposed charter amendment would give the Council the power to appropriate money in the budget. Former Mayor Catherine Pugh is now serving three years in prison for her role in “Healthy Holly,” but the unraveling scandal shed light on the power Baltimore’s mayor wields, and how few checks on that power exist.
The Gates Foundation Was Never Kicked Out of India
Congress Switchboard: 202-224-3121"Rob Kall already had a serious understanding of the Internet and its implications for media and democracy while I was still figuring out how to use email. Some see Internet connectivity solely as a means toward power and profit; Rob's book, Bottom up, sees and offers it as a vehicle for bettering society and ourselves." Jeff Cohen, Founder, FAIR, and founding Director of the Park Center for Independent Media
Emily Maitlis is no media hero - She simply forgot what she and the BBC are there to do
The public rebuking of Maitlis by the BBC is an extreme version of the rewards-and-punishment training all corporate journalists go through(Image by The Guardian) Details DMCAMost of the time Maitlis sits by the peg. For once, her anger – an anger shared by all normal people outraged by double standards, by privilege and by lies drove her to forget what her job entails. She momentarily forgot what she has been socialised to do through her education and her class, and further trained to do through her journalistic career - to create the illusion for herself and her viewers that she is holding power to account. For once, she did real rather than charade journalism and instantly found herself reprimanded for it.
Gates Foundation Credited With Saving the Lives of 100 Million Children Through Vaccination
Bill Gates, one of the richest people in the world, initially made his fortune by founding and running the Microsoft Corporation. Nearly 20 years ago, he founded the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, in to which he now focuses his time. With an endowment of more than $50bn, it is the world's wealthiest private foundation. It's a key player in global healthcare, but is controlled by just three trustees: Gates, his wife Melinda, and billionaire Warren Buffet. The foundation has been credited with helping save the lives of more than 100 million children through increasing access to essential vaccines.
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Why Trump Wants to Still be President at 12:01PM on Jan. 20, 2021 --- His Personal Reasons
(Image by Wikipedia (commons.wikimedia.org)) Details DMCA-----------------------------------------------------------" To announce that there must be no criticism of the President . But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about anyone else." The most serious problem for Trump in trying to deal with it is that he absolutely no understanding of what it is. The problem for Trump with this particular corona virus is that none of his Box of Tricks will work against it. But before we get to that there is the matter of the how, which I will treat only in summary here.
The Problem With the Space Force Is Not a Dimwitted General
DMCAOne cannot help but appreciate the speed with which it became acceptable to produce comedy about the U.S. Space Force. But -- as with most Hollywood productions -- the new Netflix comedy about the Space Force has a set of predictable shortcomings. It makes fun of Trump, which is always good. It makes fun of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, which is much to be applauded. It even highlights the outrageous financial cost of all things military, and compares them to the cost of schools -- which is worth a standing ovation.
Freethinker Mark Twain
Wonderfully funny, sad, exuberant, sardonic and human, Mark Twain is perhaps America's most beloved writer. Mark Twain by AF Bradley. Born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, Mark Twain grew up in Hannibal, Mis­ souri, on the bank of the mighty Mississippi, where he soaked up the boisterous, bawdy, colorful life of a river town. In 1863 he adopted the pseudonym Mark Twain, from a shout uttered by rivermen when they measure two fathoms of water depth. Here are countless multitudes of creatures, and they all kill, kill, kill, they are all murderers.
The Gates Foundation Was Never Kicked Out of India
Congress Switchboard: 202-224-3121"There's no dispute that we now live in a hyper-connected, globalized world--but plenty of argument over the type of globalization that's best for our collective future. In this timely work, Rob Kall makes a persuasive case for 'trickle-up' globalization from below and that the truest, best, and most long-lasting fundamental change always comes from the bottom up. Read this book?then act on it!" Rory O'Connor, award-winning filmmaker and author of Friends, Followers, and the Future: How Social Media are Changing Politics, Threatening Big Brands, and Killing Traditional Media
Bill Gates is the Top Target for Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories
Congress Switchboard: 202-224-3121"The book is very well written...very important in this individualized capitalistic illusory world that enslaves us all within its tentacles and forces us to believe that we are atomized and disconnected beings. Indigenous Lakota people end prayers with "Mitakuye Oyasin...all my relations..." An ancient African proverb states, "A person is a person only because of and with others..." This instructive text is very useful for us living in what we are always told is the modern world, because it reconnects us all and reminds us that ultimately, the endless circle of the Universe binds and connects us all and the Earth is Mother to us with no hierarchy...the ones at the bottom matter the most...like the ants who build mounds and hills, all working in unison and harmony...the book teaches that we were created for community and our destiny is organic community...anything else is doomed..."Julian Kunnie, Professor of Religious Studies/Classics at the University of Arizona and author of The Cost of Globalization: Dangers to the Earth and Its People
Even As Covid-based Meat Crisis Leads to Shortages, USDA Focuses on Crushing a Small Meat-Producing Farm
But he gets nearly agitated when asked about recent USDA meat inspections at his farm. Then he left and now Miller's Organic Farm is being fined $2,500.00 for not allowing them access to the facilities at that time. Is this the way of putting our farm at risk with what the large processing meat facilities are experiencing?" No one knows which, if any, coronavirus-contaminated meat plants Flanagan visited prior to barging in on Miller's farm, what viruses he was carrying on his boots or breathing onto the workers at Miller's. The USDA official didn't get back, even after I left a message reminding him of his commitment to provide comment.
The War Industry Threatens Humanity
DMCAI'm adding Christian Sorensen's new book, Understanding the War Industry, to the list of books I think will convince you to help abolish war and militaries. But the top driving force behind wars is the war industry, the all-consuming greed for the all-mighty dollar. When the Nye Committee held hearings in the 1930s exposing shameful war profiteering, people cared because war profiteering was considered shameful. They argue that it's difficult to tell which came first -- the war industry or the need to go after bad guys in the hemisphere. He even gives us four pages of explanations of common euphemisms in the war industry.
Open Thread on Censorship
And yet, many of us are disaffected with the Democratic Party and opposed to the pro-war, pro-Wall St stands taken by leading Democrats. So, almost all of our community is opposed to censorship, and some are alarmed that Youtube (for example) is "fact-checking" doctors and professors of epidemiology who disagree with the lockdown. It's clear to us that the selective "fact-checking" of Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube is another name for silencing debate. But (here's where it gets interesting) the social media giants that are doing the censoring are uniformly Democratic and anti-Trump. So yesterday, The Donald came riding into town on a white horse and announced an executive order banning censorship on the internet.
Rage and violence in Minneapolis over the police killing of George Floyd
George Floyd death: Minneapolis mayor, officials criticize violent protests | FULL Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, city council vice-president and councillor Andrea Jenkins, police chief Medaria Arradondo and other officials held a press ...(Image by YouTube, Channel: Global News) Details DMCAMinneapolis Mayor juxtaposed to police headquarters torched by protesters over police killing of George Floyd last MondayThings seem ready to "boil" over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last Monday. Last night protesters in Minneapolis torched the police headquarters in that precinct forcing the police to vacate in their squad cars. Meanwhile protests have erupted in New York City and Los Angeles over the killing of Floyd. When people see there is no justice, no accountability, they are capable of erupting with rage and violence against those they see as their oppressors. There are times when the killing is so egregious, the rage in some people can't be contained, they erupt with violence and there is hell to pay.
Amy Klobuchar, Minneapolis Police and Her Running Mate Quest
Senator Amy Klobuchar decries the killing of Floyd. Back then, Minneapolis chief prosecutor Amy Klobuchar refused to prosecute city police for killing Burns. When Amy Klobuchar was running for president, corporate media served as her biggest political base. Unfortunately for Klobuchar, media elites don't cast many votes in Democratic primaries and caucuses. Amy Klobuchar got an "F."
The China Syndrome -- Some Points to Note
It has the largest Gross Domestic Product of any country in the world including the US on a purchasing power parity (PPP) basis. China's nominal GDP of $14,140 trillion is much less than the US, which is $21.44 trillion, both nominal and PPP as the dollar is the benchmark. A couple of hundred years earlier to that the great powers were: China, India, Persia and the Ottoman Empire. Among the problems President Trump has with China is its friendship with Iran. While Huawei plans alternatives, its customers in Europe and globally are likely to be affected by higher prices and delays.
Why Iran's Fuel Tankers for Venezuela Are Sending Shudders Through Washington
From International Press AgencyThe Fortune, flanked by a Venezuelan Navy escort, continues en route to Puerto Cabello. Why the United States did not block the Iranian vessels does not have to do with Iran or Venezuela alone. But, crucially, at the United Nations China has been outspoken against the regime change policy driven by the United States against both states. Does Trump use the language of threats and conflict as merely a weapon in the trade war? BipolarityIt is incorrect to see the "rise of China" as a threat to the preeminent power of the United States.
MFWOT Daily Update Thread
Mojo Friday’s Weekly Open ThreadThis is a diary for those who continue to participate in the Mojo Friday diary throughout the week. You are welcome to join us
Trump's "Free Speech" Doctrine: Never, Ever, Ever Mention He's a Liar
(Image by Wikipedia (commons.wikimedia.org)) Details DMCAOn May 28, US president Donald Trump signed an executive order on "Preventing Online Censorship." Second: Never, ever, ever mention -- at least in public -- that Donald Trump is a liar. The purpose of the executive order is not to "prevent online censorship." Stripped of its empty self-congratulation and whiny victim-playing, Trump's executive order is about the opposite of protecting free speech. If it withstood court challenges (it wouldn't), Trump's order would use the rule-making and spending power of the federal bureaucracy to punish, not protect, free speech.
One of my Favorite Resources
I’m a designer — freelance — and as such I often need to get custom stickers or labels made for various projects. They produce really good quality labels and decals that are durable, and affordable (if you catch them on sale). If you subscribe to their mailings, every week or two you’ll get an offer for low run discounted stickers. Seems to me it would be a good way to get a really high quality placard or protest sign made at a decent price. Note: I do not work for StickerMule and I will receive no compensation for this referral.
Good News Roundup for Friday, May 29, 2020: Fierce Fight for Freedoms (& Superheroes Wear Masks)
If you know good people in law enforcement, ask what should be done. https://t.co/D4yjd4isM7 — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 26, 2020Team blue won this round. https://t.co/5zi4svNNGh — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 24, 2020OK, Biden isn’t ahead here. Here is where we stand in key Western Water states: New Mexico: Funding for the Strategic Water Reserve (Learn more here.) https://t.co/j34NTDDhZb — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 27, 2020Just because...x So my Dad made good use of his time in lockdown and built a huge laughing Kookaburra.
Here is a petition asking Twitter to suspend the Orange Menace account
Action Network just sent this to me & I gladly signed it ! Sign now to suspend Trump from TwitterFor the first time ever, Twitter has placed a fact-check warning on one of Trump’s tweets. This has been a long time coming, and something we’ve fought hard for. He knows that his power comes from the ability to spread misinformation and mislead voters. We need an additional 10,000 signatures today on our petition demanding that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey do the right thing and suspend Trump’s twitter account.
With Selections from Joni Mitchell's Blue (1971)
–Zora Neale HurstonMorning Open Thread is a daily, copyrighted post from a host of editors and guest writers. We support our community, invite and share ideas, and encourage thoughtful, respectful dialogue in an open forum. The diarist gets to sleep in if she so desires and can show up long after the post is published. Last night, there were major protests in Minneapolis and Louisville in reaction to the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. Which, of course, only reminds us that violence begets violence.
A country in chaos and Chaos in Chief gets put on notice from Twitter for glorifying violence.
x We have placed a public interest notice on this Tweet from @realdonaldtrump. Yeah that should calm the country in the middle of a pandemic when 4 thugs… The real thugs murdered a black man. Minneapolis is on fire, people all over are angry, sick and fed up with this orange man who does not know his ass from a hole in the ground. The hate filled Trump IMO is trying to start a war right here in America. x I canâÂ?Â?t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis.
George Floyd worked at same location where Derek Chauvin worked-plus new video
Andrea Jenkins Interviewx Andrea Jenkins, vice president of Minneapolis City Council, says George Floyd and Officer Chauvin worked at restaurant near Third Precinct. She said that Chauvin worked security outside and George worked security inside the club. She said that there were about 20 security people (re: bouncers) in that group and she was not sure if George and Chauvin knew each other. It shows George being forcibly removed from his vehicle by two officers and immediately cuffed, before he even cleared the car’s door. So, almost instantaneously from his exit of his vehicle, George Floyd was restrained, under control, and presented no threat whatsoever during the entire situation.
Renewable Friday: Duke Energy Greenwashing
Yes, this Duke Energy, with the giant ash pond spillsIt is intended to sound like Good News: Duke Energy promises to go "net zero". Duke Energy also hopes to make use of emerging technologies such as advancements in nuclear energy, the use of technology to capture carbon during natural gas production and using hydrogen and other low- or zero-carbon fuels. First-of-its-Kind Energy Storage Facility OpensSomebody is illegitimately making money on this nonsense. We are also involved in both the Midwest Regional Carbon Capture Deployment Initiative and the Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership. It has been developed under the auspices of the State Carbon Capture Work Group convened by Governors Mead and Bullock.
Blue Who? U.S. Hails 35K COVID-19 Deaths
(PenrosePapers.com) As communities large and small drew together on Wednesday to commemorate the historic 100,000 U.S. deaths that have been attributed to COVID-19, the official White House take was a little different: not so fast. Amidst media specials, vigils, and the reading of names of the dead, federal officials announced that it was adopting a new method of tabulating the dead which will result in far fewer U.S. casualties. “It’s Democrat governors who are responsible for these deaths, not President Trump,” U.S. The new official tally for the United States – a meager 35,527 deaths as of late Wednesday – was immediately praised by administration officials and Trump allies. More people choke to death on apples every year than are dying from this Chinese flu,” said one Congressional source who requested anonymity.
336 Million Dollar MEGA Millions Dailykos Lotto Pool
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A Breath of Fresh Air for Friday
I have a cousin that suffers from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) — a very real form of depression that happens during the months of winter. It affects many who live up north and see more snow than sun. I got to wondering if there were other forms of depression brought on by other seasons. You walk out and it’s like sticking your head into a pizza oven (without the good smells and no hope of pie). So, I decided to google Seasonal Temperature Disorder (oops — that acronym is taken) and didn’t find any proof.
What are you reading? May 29. 2020
In WAYR?, I note what I’m reading and comment...you note what you are reading and comment. Occasionally, I may add a section or a link related to books…Permanent Reading List:The Valley of Fear by Sir Arthur Conan DoyleGo Tell It On the Mountain by James Baldwin
CNN reporter arrested live on air during Minneapolis riots
edition.cnn.com/…After Trump’s executive order www.dailykos.com/… and Twitter’s non-compliance edition.cnn.com/…v Trump arrested a CNN crew in Minneapolis www.express.co.uk/…. "We're not sure why our correspondent is being arrested." The cameraman appeared not to be involved in the arrest and a member of the crew can be seen heading for one of the policemen to recover Mr Jimenez's microphone as he is being taken away.
“If right doesn’t matter we are lost.” Replaying the closing argument at impeachment by Adam Schiff
Woke up with these words in my head. Our country is in such dire need of leadership and healing. We cannot ever expect that we will get it from this president. It is time to start demanding he step down. We need to stand up for our country.
Death Count---the collateral advantages that make it difficult for Trump to grieve.
If we simply looked at the data, the death rates for black Americans would argue that the virus had a racist bent. On May 28, the number of new cases in America updated at 1:04 PM by the NYTimes told the tale---1,721,200 cases, 101,200 deaths. As Donald Trump claims victory, his idiot offspring counter with the spittle and dribble that fills their hapless minds. In the world according to Trump, he can only mourn what the virus has done to him. And as the death count mounts and the poor and minorities die in disproportionate numbers, Trump can revel in the lack of effort expended to ease the scourge.
KosBook? Please, Kos?
TexMex chasing bugs with Dan Otte and Bill CadeDear Kos,Is there anyway we can have a KosBook? I raised the issue of MeWe with friends on Facebook who said it was full of rightwing nuts. I don’t know, it’s hard to leave so many people I am connected to on FaceBook. Facebook is sort of like the the shop that can provide you with your dream thing if you do a bad thing first. Our bad thing is to stay on Facebook even though they are supporting Trump.
Daily Kos Elections Live Digest: 5
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Agent provocateur?
There is a pretty compelling twitter thread claiming that auto zone windows were busted out by an agent provocateur cop identified by his ex wife. Watch the video this guy doesn't look like a protester. x Here are screenshots from his ex wife confirming this is him, along with his photo. pic.twitter.com/3tUt0UqZw1 — Ă°Â?Â?Â? Mama Minnie âÂ?ÂĄ (@GypsyEyedBeauty) May 29, 2020I'm not certain they've positively identified the person but, whoever he is, he seems to be an agent provocateur to me. x The full video pic.twitter.com/VCEWEzCkk2 — JUICE Ă°Â?§Â? (@neetpolice) May 29, 2020What do yall think?
The GOONIES AND Class Warfare
Its not the idiotic gang of Italian criminals who are racing after the Goonies. Sloth through the course of the film befriends the Goonies and decides to help them. Mikey senses internally that things like aimless journeys with the Goonies can't last forever. What is so wonderful about the Goonies is not so much that it perfectly captures the essence of childhood friendship and romance. He is above the Goonies on the surface of the well and agrees to help them, though hes being a jerk about it.
James Enstrom: How Big Tobacco’s Favorite Researcher Weaseled His Work Into the EPA
And denying the reality of air pollution’s public health threat is exactly what Enstrom’s spent the past couple decades doing. As Lavelle explains, Enstrom has been waging a scientifically lonely war against air pollution science, specifically around PM2.5, the small particulate matter (or soot) from burning fossil fuels, or smoking. Steve Milloy, a fellow tobacco-turned-fossil-fuel-funded air pollution denier often referenced here, has been a champion of Enstrom’s work. As Lavelle explains, Milloy laid the groundwork to bring Enstrom’s shoddy science into Trump’s EPA and use it to weaken regulations, a sustained , multi - front effort we’ve covered before . This, despite the fact that Enstrom’s work was published in a journal for International Dose Response Society, an organization founded by a fellow air pollution denier, Edward Calabrese.
Was Trump clever enough to think of a violent tweet by rhyming shooting with looting?
No caption needed:The phase “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” came from a Southern police chief who said it in 1967 during civil rights unrest in the 1960s (excerpt below). Miami hadn't faced "racial disturbances and looting," Headley added, because he let word filter down that "when the looting starts, the shooting starts." I doubt he came up with the looting and shooting rhyme himself, though it is certainly possible he remembered the 1967 articles and the phrase stuck with him. They would have to be students of the civil rights movement to be familiar with the phrase. Would the civil rights movement have interested him enough so he would follow the news about it?
Hydrogen Energy Generated from Waste Paper & Plastics in Lancaster, California
But the Lancaster plant will instead produce hydrogen by gasifying waste material using plasma torches, an "industrial tool that can raise the heat to very high levels," he explained. The process produces both carbon monoxide and hydrogen. Fakhry concurred that hydrogen can play a huge role in the clean energy transition. The biggest value for hydrogen is likely to be in hard-to-electrify sectors, like aviation, shipping and heavy industry, according to Fakhry. The resource can also help integrate high percentages of renewables — excess solar and wind can be used to run electrolyzers, producing green hydrogen.
"We’ll Need Mass Debt Forgiveness to Recover From the Coronavirus"
Passing along this New York magazine interview with economist James K. Galbraith because it sounds like the direction we should be considering. Why do you think a mass debt forgiveness is going to be necessary to facilitate recovery after the pandemic? There’s a certain presumption that what can be shut down can be reopened—that the natural course of events is a rapid economic recovery. Unless the liabilities are somehow taken care of, they’re going to be burdened by their debts for a long time to come. So, inevitably, there’s going to be a big reconfiguration.
Thumpers
The Council," (live link not available) ran on the cover of the February 4, 1982, issue of the Minneapolis Reader. Fast forward to Minneapolis today, after three days of citizen protest and violent cop riot by Minneapolis’ latest generation of Thumpers. Minneapolis still has ethnic ghettos like South and North Minneapolis and certain close-in suburbs like Robbinsdale and Brooklyn Center into which the city’s oppressed populations are concentrated, disenfranchised, and viciously patrolled by the city’s thumpers in blue. Credit to Minneapolis’ Mayor Jacob Fry and other public figures for calling for the arrest and investigation for murder of the two thumpers involved, especially George Floyd’s immediate cause of death, Minneapolis Police thumper Derek Chauvin. So, with this long tail, the sad, enduring story of Minneapolis Police Department thumpers and their murdered minority victims, it is not at all clear if the family of George Floyd will receive justice.
GA-Sen B: DFA Refuses To Let Trump's DOJ Let Kelly Loeffler (R) Off The Hook For Insider Trading
Now, we learn Trump’s Justice Department just dropped its investigation into alleged insider trading by… you guessed it: Senator Kelly Loeffler. Georgia voters have the chance to hold Kelly Loeffler accountable. Raphael Warnock. Together, DFA members are working to defeat corrupt politicians like Kelly Loeffler and elect progressive champions like Rev. Raphael Warnock.
The Pied Piper of Mar-a-Lago
Based on a 13th-century German legend, The Pied Piper has four parts: The town of Hamelin hired the Pied Piper to get rid of its rats; the Piper took care of the problem; the town refused to pay him what they promised; and the Piper responded by luring away most of the Hamelin children. The Pied Piper of Mar-a-Lago also has four segments:1.Contract: Hamelin had a rat problem and hired the Pied Piper to deal with it. Action: The Pied Piper fixed Hamelin's rat problem -- legend says by playing his flute and leading the rats away from the city. (https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/trump-approval-ratings/ )The Pied Piper of Hamelin took his revenge with a horrific act: abducting the town's children. Finally, some see this as pathological: the Pied Piper was cheated and responded by killing 130 children.
George Floyd was murdered on Monday. It's Friday and no one has been arrested.
George Floyd was murdered. He was Murdered on a Monday. We know who murdered him. We know the exact number of people who murdered him,We know their names. We presumably know where some of them live.
NC-Sen: Pete Buttigieg Keeps Up The Momentum To Help Fellow Veteran Destroy Moscow Mitch's Majority
I know that Cal Cunningham is one of those people — part of a new generation of leadership desperately needed in Washington. That’s why I hope you’ll join me in supporting his campaign for U.S. Senate in North Carolina. Like me, Cal is from a place where neighbors look out for one another and take care of each other. I hope you’ll join me in supporting Cal’s campaign as he works to bring new leadership to North Carolina. Thank you and I hope to see you on the campaign trail before too long.
From the Dumbass Files: A Poupouri of Dumbassery!
The first post of From the Dumbass Files appeared on May 20th. Jeep Weekend in Galveston Texas (May 16-17) resulted in two people being shot and 200 arrested, because Freedom! On Tuesday he said state health officials have asked convention organizers to provide written plans about how they would ensure the health of delegates and other guests. Viejas Casino, California MORAGA, Calif. — It was a high-stakes gamble: a chance to win big at the slot machines but risk getting infected with the coronavirus. •In L.A. County, officials have opened beach bike paths and some beach parking lots, including those at Dockweiler State Beach, Will Rogers State Beach and Zuma Beach (which opened over the Memorial Day weekend).
Minneapolis Riots Started By White Supremacists
News stories around this video of a white man breaking windows in an obvious attept to start a riot have identified him as a police officerwww.reddit.com/…While Minnesotta police dispute this —heavy.com/…There can be no dispute that this white man is trying to start a race riotThe narrative needs to change- this was white supremacists trying to start a race riot. Trump was right about one thing- the people that started this riot are thugs
It Is With Humans That Evil Entered the World
They therefore have little chance to do anything destructive of the structures of their world. For starters, with us human beings the power of instinct to govern our behavior has been much reduced. That kind of flexibility – that kind of indeterminacy –brings with it a greater possibility of acting in ways that degrade the world around one. The reign of power took the mere possibility of evil and subjected humankind to the inevitability of evil’s playing a central role in the human saga. ****************Andy Schmookler develops this idea about the forces driving the evolution of human civilization in his book, The Parable of the Tribes: The Problem of Power in Social Evolution.
How the protesters can BEAT the "Agent Provocateurs" and get their point across nonviolently May 29
Affinity group explanationFirst is this two-page handout from vernalproject.org. It gives practical tips for how to organize an affinity group. Each affinity group now could be used to identify bad actors, video and photograph them, and expel them from the protest. National Guard deploymentI think that 500 National Guard members was not enough, and they need three thousand. When they get there, it will become critical for the protesters to stick to non-violent means of expressing themselves.
Brace Yourselves!
Her daughter, who is a cardiologist, in Huntsville, Alabama asked VV to come see her two granddaughters. The charging station in Knoxville is in a retail development and Tennessee is pretty much open. The Asheville charging station is also in a retail development, but North Carolina isn’t as open as TN. We also stopped in Chattanooga to top off the battery since there isn’t a charging station in Huntsville and where we were staying didn’t have a destination charger. Governors hiding the reality of SARS-CoV-2 numbers won’t really help Trump, but it could very well kill their base.
Friday: That Lone Tree
Good morning, Newdists. Please Newdists, grab a cuppa and a treat, admire some pictures and join us in the thread. All are welcome to join the fun, the silliness, the conversations. There will be a few surprises along the way, all good ones, we hope. Trolls will be incinerated and served at the next group BBQ.
Why Should We Care?
The CoronavirusFirst of all, we elected men and women to the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives to make decisions for the greater good. How does that mission jibe with a Republican decision not to tell your work mates that you have tested positive? Frankly, that feels like dangerous level of self-interest by the Republican that tested positive, and by the Republicans sitting in leadership who were totally silent. Silence from a Republican leadership that clearly believes rules do not apply to them. So that is why we care.
They both became superheroes.
'nuff said! I was already thinking of putting this together when this morning’s APR called the guy on the right a hero without a cape.
Immigration Justice
It's time to fix our immigration system. I support comprehensive immigration reform focused on interior security and processing. There is an immigration emergency and it will only get worse as the effects of climate change become a daily reality. The rich fabric of American life is woven together by the people who come to our shores and cross our borders. To learn more please visit the campaign’s website at www.Kemph2020.comAnd donate today to help flip a red seat blue https://secure.actblue.com/donate/kemph2020
West Coast Cookbook & Speakeasy Daily Special, Blue Moon Spirits Fridays
West Coast Cookbook & Speakeasy is Now Open! 8am-9am PT/ 11am-Noon ET for our especially special Daily Specials; Blue Moon Spirits FridaysStarting off in the Bistro Cafe, CNN Correspondent Omar Jimenez described how he and his camera crew were arrested by Minnesota State Police for reporting while being black on live television. All that and more, on West Coast Cookbook & Speakeasy with Chef de Cuisine Justice Putnam. Bon Appétit! The Netroots Radio Live Player
Many low-income countries are successfully handling COVID-19, but biased reporting hasn’t covered it
As of May 16, countries such as Mauritius, Namibia, and Seychelles have had no reported cases for two weeks. Coronavirus is affecting low-income countries at widely differing levels of severity. Senegal has created a $1 testing kit, Nigeria provides drive-through testing via an online registry and screening process. We hold dialectic beliefs about Western nations, playing to both the strengths and weaknesses of individual nations, as one would with a person. Western media outlets can develop bias training and guidelines for editors, encourage facts and statistics, use local reporting over foreign correspondents, and make a concerted effort to tell stories of success and nuance.
Where are those oh so brave Wisconsonite Warriors? Oh, look, there's one now!
I have noticed there are no “patriotic defenders” of the white man's privileged way in the Minneapolis area. Could it be they know they would get their collective lily-white asses handed to them? Before I continue I wish to state unequivocally I do not want nor need your thanks. I had the audacity to spend time with those “colored people” who looked different than his fat ass. I do not condone looting or rioting but at some point, the dam is gonna break.
WAAAM: Chevrolet automobiles, 1941-1970 (photo diary)
The Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum (WAAAM) in Hood River, Oregon, has on display more than 100 antique automobiles. Shown below are some of the 1941-1970 Chevrolets which are on display.
Republicans Will Never Win....
from fact-checking, since “the Republicans will never win another election” (to quote DJT), if they can’t cheat, lie, deny and mislead or misinform. The important thing is for both the social media and the opposition (Democrats, independents, the conscientious ) to refuse, on principle, to mince words, or proof, or facts. Face to face fraud is mostly the voter suppression kind of fraud: intimidating the nervous (minority) voter to go home, instead of voting. Keep black and brown people from voting, then he and the Republicans could win. Trump will do anything he can to prevent certain types of people from voting: cheating, misleading, lying: otherwise, as he stated: “Republicans will never win another election,”
Covid-19 State-by-State California #41 5/29/20: Nursing Home Hell; Plus: The IRS Sees Dead People.
Hello My Fellow Californians:Do you want to spend your last days in a California nursing home? I have been so baffled by the state’s lackadaisical attitude towards nursing homes during the pandemic that I did a quick search to see who would win the advocacy group battle: Nursing homes, homeless people, or prisoners? Nursing homes: Um, wow. Predictable result: Even before the pandemic, infections ran wild in nursing homes. San Diego is in discussions to reopen Sea World and the San Diego Zoo as county cases rise to almost 7000.
Decades after resettling in America, Southeast Asians continue to fight for basic rights
Southeast Asian immigrants have lower educational attainment rates than other Asian American subgroups, Black Americans, and white Americans. There are three main factors that can set Southeast Asians behind in school: language barriers, systemic inequality, and financial difficulties. The school to prison to deportation pipelineDecades after resettling in America, Southeast Asian communities are still vulnerable to the “school to prison to deportation pipeline.” This is partly due to the lack of resources Southeast Asian communities receive after resettling, and over-policing in low-income areas. Mental health disordersSimilar to other immigrant populations, Southeast Asians experience a high level of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). But despite the ongoing and seemingly never-ending adversity, many people in the community are still optimistic that Southeast Asians will continue to persist and thrive.
State violence exacerbates mental illness behind bars, especially in Guantánamo Bay
Unfortunately, in both Mental Health Awareness Month and Mental Health Awareness Week (which takes place in December), mental health is treated as an individual problem—devoid of any context as to why some mental illness emerges. What happens when state violence is squarely responsible for the lack of mental health and/or the development of mental illness? Regardless of who dies by suicide, the carceral state only seems to respond to prison suicides to mitigate public relations disasters. Nevertheless, the prison offers mental health services that often treat the mental health status of incarcerated people as if it has nothing to do with their detention at the prison. What does mental health even mean in this context and how can it be preserved under conditions of isolation, deprivation, and general brutality?
The GOP Wants 2020 To Be A Referendum On Socialism — I Say Bring It On!
Obama Care was described by disgraced former Fox News entertainer Bill O’Reilly as socialism, free stuff, income redistribution and capitalism versus socialism. According to the Environmental and Energy Study Institute, American fossil fuels companies grab approximately $20 billion per year in direct subsidies from the taxpayers. That same 2017 tax bill also allowed the U.S. billionaire class to pay a lower tax rate than the middle class. We believe that government can make life better for the poor and the middle class. Instead, the D.C. Republicans believe that rich people don’t have enough money and that the poor and middle class have it too easy.
Biden to speak on George Floyd, the riots and Donald Trump (link added to speech)
xI will not lift the President�s tweet. I will not give him that amplification. But he is calling for violence against American citizens during a moment of pain for so many. I�m furious, and you should be too.
Air-Minded: UFO Letdown
I wrote about the videos and described a "UFO encounter" of my own in a recent Air-Minded post. Another F/A-18F Super Hornet from Strike Fighter Squadron 11 (VFA-11) had an encounter with multiple "unidentified aerial devices" (UAD) on Apr. 23, 2014, while flying out of Naval Air Station Oceana and operating in the W-72 warning area. The pilot in this instance said they tracked four separate unknown objects on their radar in the W-122 warning area, which sits off the coast of North Carolina. As I said in my earlier post: "So here I am, continuing to disappoint UFO believers all these years later."
Stupid Republican of the Day: Jamie Byers
Pictured: Jamie Byers, former candidate campaigning for CA-4, in his campaign ads. Welcome to what is the 876th original profile here at “Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day”, where we’ll be discussing Jamie Byers, who was a 2020 candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in California’s 4th District and presumably from his campaign photo above, a parole officer, Pomeranian wrangler, and amateur skinny jeans model. Jamie Byers was defeated in the open primary for California’s 4th, finishing fifth out of six candidates and less than 2% of the vote. Simply put, he’s more bats*** than what’s in Bruce Wayne’s toilet, and that’s all we really can say to sum up this entry without having to delve into madness ourselves. One Year Ago, May 29th, 2019: Cliff Hite (OH)Two Years Ago, May 29th, 2018: Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ)… 2018 UpdateThree Years Ago, May 29th, 2017: Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ)… Original ProfileFour Years Ago, May 29th, 2016: Spencer Bachus (AL)Five Years Ago, May 29th, 2015: Jay Townsend (NY)
Trumpist: Letter to a Friend
Dear AP: There’s little point in debating, now that you’re a believing Trumpist, in part because your new faith requires that you insist that you’re not. You claim to be grounded in what you call “natural law,” but by your own definition you don't believe in it. For a Trumpist, facts themselves -- empirical observation, science, materiality, experimental data, data in general -- the truths that natural law is supposed to be based on, are all mutable. We can't convince you based on anything, because you start from the premise that what ought to be true, what Trump says is true, is true. Whatever Trump does is moral, whatever progressives do is not.
How Potential Vice Presidents Help or Hurt Joe Biden's Campaign
This is a heat map only for people who like this kind of thing…Pretty much on point with polls already out there. Short story… here. x #BidenWarren2020 #WarrenForVPEffect of each VP candidate on Biden's chances of winning: pic.twitter.com/keWPt500Sn — Ă°Â?Â?½The Ivory Tower is an asylum (@cliftonicwater) May 28, 2020Running around, not much response time today (sorry, lol). Enjoy the pretty colors though.
The Artist Is the Antennae of the race
Though Douglas Adams was describing Zaphod Beeblebrox, Galactic President, in his The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, the author anticipated a time beyond his own lifespan— our own:The President in particular is very much a figurehead — he wields no real power whatsoever. He is apparently chosen by the government, but the qualities he is required to display are not those of leadership but those of finely judged outrage. For this reason the President is always a controversial choice, always an infuriating but fascinating character. His job is not to wield power but to draw attention away from it. Beeblebrox sported two heads, so the answer ‘both’ is reasonable.
There is a way to avoid riots
Most of us can understand the need to protest, and sometimes the need to destroy something out of total frustration after an even like another unnecessary murder by police. Little wonder that broken windows, maybe fires follow. Aside from removing the ultimate cause — bad cops — there is another way that police and municipalities could cope with these situations. When a cop is killed in the line of duty, think of the giant turnouts they get at the funeral. Similarly, if there is one bad cop, or a few bad cops, who get out of line and hurt the reputation of the force, cops should get out their and organize protests.
“Some things are just too unjust for words, and too ambiguous for either speech or ideas."
The core injustice here is the murder of George Floyd while under arrest for a crime in which he was a suspect. George Floyd was only a suspect, he was arrested and murdered on camera. No prosecutor reviewed all of the evidence in his case before the arrest and subsequent murder occurred. The person that called in the passing of the counterfeit $20 also indicated George Floyd may well have not known he passed a fake bill by the way. We have seen them kill time and time again with zero consequence in almost every single case.
“Human capital stock”: White House adviser Kevin Hassett uses dehumanizing term for US workers
White House economics adviser Kevin Hassett went viral over the weekend for referring to American workers as “human capital stock” — a racially charged, dehumanizing turn of phrase that conjured up images of livestock. White House adviser Kevin Hassett: "Our human capital stock is ready to go back to work." #HumanCapitalStock pic.twitter.com/Yl9KwJf6KP — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 25, 2020While many, including the House Democratic Caucus, took umbrage with Hassett’s remarks, others, such as New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait, pointed out that “human capital” has a less incendiary connotation. America’s “human capital stock” actually isn’t eager to get back to workPolling, in fact, indicates everyday Americans are much less excited about returning to normal life than people like Hassett and President Donald Trump would have you believe. Other recent polls, from Citrix and Qualtrics, have found about two-thirds of Americans saying they are not yet ready to return to work.
Opinion | Twitter Must Cleanse the Trump Stain
President Trump has been promoting a falsehood about the death of a woman nearly two decades ago. Credit... Samuel Corum for The New York Times
Trump and some top aides question accuracy of coronavirus death toll
The U.S. death toll has surpassed 71,000, with more than 1.2 million confirmed cases, according to the latest figures. Trump's engagement could amplify a partisan gulf we saw in this week's Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index over believing the death statistics. Reality check: There is no evidence the death rate has been exaggerated, and experts believe coronavirus deaths in the U.S. are being undercounted — not overcounted. Many people who have the virus weren’t able to get tested; those patients weren’t recorded as official coronavirus cases, and therefore weren’t counted as coronavirus deaths if they died. What they're saying: Experts believe the formal death count is inaccurately low because:
Follow the Money: Legislative fundraising continues at slower pace amid COVID-19
The financial battle for control of the Legislature is continuing, albeit at a slower pace during the global COVID-19 pandemic. Democratic legislative candidates raised a little more than $934,000 combined through the fundraising period, while Republican candidates brought in just over $650,000. In the Assembly, where Democrats enjoy a 29-13 seat supermajority, Republican candidates outraised Democratic incumbents in three competitive seats through the 2019 reporting cycle. While legislative incumbents usually enjoy a fundraising advantage, two Republican candidates — Heidi Kasama in Assembly District 2 and April Becker in Senate District 6 — were the top individual fundraisers among legislative candidates during the three-month reporting period. It’s unclear how much Republican Senate Leader James Settelmeyer has raised this quarter.
Cartoon: Human capital stock
If they talked themselves into some favorable real estate deals, surely they can talk themselves out of a global health and economic crisis, right? Worried about the severely lacking coronavirus testing capability? That’s been passed off to the states in one of the most tremendously wonderful Testing Blueprints the world has ever seen — so get back to work now! (Just ask top White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett how thrilled our nation’s “human capital stock” is about the future.) (Oh, and you can help support my work and keep the cartoons coming by joining me on Patreon.
Morning Digest: Nevada Democrats won big in 2018. Our new data shows they may again in 2020
? Alabama: Civil rights advocates have filed a lawsuit in state court seeking to loosen Alabama's restrictions on mail voting during the pendency of the pandemic. However, that waiver will expire in July, so Democrats are likely to continue pressing their claim in either state court or a separate federal lawsuit for November. Senate? GA-Sen-A: Investigative filmmaker Jon Ossoff talks about the murder of Ahmaud Arbery in his new ad for the June 9 Democratic primary. Wagle also argued that a competitive nomination fight would help Democratic state Sen. Barbara Bollier in the fall. ? IN-01: Former Sen. Joe Donnelly endorsed Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott on Monday ahead of next week's Democratic primary.
Killing of George Floyd spotlights racism and police brutality as Minneapolis hits a boiling point
x Minneapolis precinct set aflame on the third night of protests: pic.twitter.com/ka82t6sikL — Audra Burch (@abscribe) May 29, 2020Fire very quickly seemed to consume the entire station. x The fire at the MPDâÂ?Â?s 3rd Precinct was only at one corner 5 minutes ago. pic.twitter.com/t6p3Yv1KYV — Seth Kaplan (@Seth_Kaplan) May 29, 2020x Cheers from protestors as 3rd Precinct station house, where the four officers in George FloydâÂ?Â?s death worked is now on fire. pic.twitter.com/qzoUzftr7y — Zach Haberman (@ZHaberman) May 29, 2020x Fireworks shooting into the sky as the MPD Third Precinct burns. x This guy on CNN just said there need to be âÂ?Â?real consequencesâÂ?Âť for people burning down the 3rd Precinct.
Police racism on display as one CNN crew arrested, another 'treated much differently' in Minnesota
Second, the police cannot credibly claim they mistook Jimenez and his crew for protesters because there are no protesters in the video as they arrested him. They had just finished arresting a lone protester, but at the time of the CNN crew’s arrest, the video is literally of Jimenez and two giant lines of police in tactical gear. Nonetheless, that’s what the police are claiming, among other lies: “In the course of clearing the streets and restoring order at Lake Street and Snelling Avenue, four people were arrested by State Patrol troopers, including three members of a CNN crew. Jimenez showed a CNN credential and clearly and repeatedly identified himself and his crew. And unless the Minneapolis protesters are pioneering some new protest tactics, the behavior and equipment of a CNN crew doing a live broadcast are … different.
As Republicans try to save themselves, Trump embarks on an anti-mask crusade to nowhere
What we're witnessing here is Senate Republicans, who occupy relatively safe seats in any other electoral environment, putting a little extra piece of insulation between themselves and Donald Trump. So even these tiny ripples of dissent from McConnell and Cornyn suggest that three years of the Senate Republican “let Trump be Trump” modus operandi might be coming home to roost. Trump's mask posture is just incredibly stupid on so many levels. Even Senate Republicans like Cornyn and McConnell don't want any piece of that, and one has to wonder if more fissures will emerge. Senate Republicans will never publicly upbraid Trump.
The Trump campaign isn't about winning, but setting the stage for whatever happens after he loses
And as I showed several days ago, Trump is losing ground with independents on a critical issue: jobs. And Trump’s campaign response? It isn’t to highlight Trump’s work or make substantive policy distinctions or in any way try to persuade Biden supporters or fence-sitters that Trump is the smarter choice. That’s not a campaign decision based on winning votes, that’s a campaign decision meant to get cheers from his existing supporters. So if nothing else, we can dispense with the idea that Trump is trying to persuade anyone to vote for him.
Overnight protests in Minneapolis end with anger, as Trump makes racist demand for more violence
Overnight protests weren’t limited to Minneapolis. In Louisville, hundreds gathered as part of ongoing protests against the police shooting of Breonna Taylor. The line that Trump used, "When the looting starts, the shooting starts," dates to 1967, when it was used by then Miami Police Chief Walter Headley. These protests aren’t happening because of the COVID-19 pandemic, they’re happening in spite of it. In Minneapolis, none of the officers involved in Floyd’s death has been charged.
Trump essentially abandons White House pandemic task force, abdicating responsibility for death toll
Like tweeting out an article that said "masks aren't about public health but social control" with the message "So many different viewpoints!" "I'm not aware of any imminent plans for the CDC briefings to return." Early in May, Trump said he was going to disband the task force altogether, but supposedly abandoned that plan. "I had no idea how popular the task force is until actually yesterday when I started talking about winding down. Whether he's carrying out his big genius brain plan to have the State Department take over the pandemic response is unclear.
As US deaths top 100,000, Trump's coronavirus task force is curtailed
Vice President Mike Pence convened the White House coronavirus task force on Thursday for the first time in a week. Asked about the status of the coronavirus task force, the White House pointed Thursday to remarks by press secretary Kayleigh McEnany during a May 6 briefing. "He decided that Coronavirus Task Force is here to stay. I'm in the Coronavirus Task Force meetings and they've gotten our country through this." "I had no idea how popular the task force is until actually yesterday when I started talking about winding down.
911 call from Kenneth Walker: 'Somebody kicked in the door, shot my girlfriend'
911 call from Kenneth Walker: 'Somebody kicked in the door, shot my girlfriend'A 911 call made the night Breonna Taylor died has been released.WLKY has obtained the call her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, made moments after Taylor was shot and killed during a police raid at her apartment.Walker to 911 dispatch: "I don't know what happened ... somebody kicked in the door and shot my girlfriend. I don't know, I don't know... mamaDispatch: You said she's 26. AdvertisementWalker to 911 dispatch: "I don't know what happened ... somebody kicked in the door and shot my girlfriend." Walker: She's like 26... Bre...Dispatch: you said 26 where was she shot atWalker: I don't know, she is on the ground right now. I don't know, I don't know... mamaDispatch: You said she's 26.
Trump White House is going to get people killed with watered down COVID-19 guidelines for churches
”[Two White House] officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to talk about policy discussions, said there have long been concerns within the White House that there were too many restrictions on choirs,” The Washington Post reports. The White House is also worried that it would anger evangelicals by suggesting not sharing hymnals or passing collection plates. That’s not about the First Amendment—churches can be provided the information without the booted heel of the state slamming down on them. It’s about Donald Trump’s particular political need to suck up to evangelicals in advance of November. And it’s going to get people killed.
White House and CDC remove coronavirus warnings about choirs in faith guidance
The updated guidelines also added language that said the guidance “is not intended to infringe on rights protected by the First Amendment.”ADTwo White House officials said the first version posted by the CDC was not approved by the White House. White House officials battled for weeks with CDC aides about the scope of reopening guidelines. ADAn outbreak at an Arkansas church killed three and infected dozens, according to a CDC report. The outbreak began after a pastor at the church and his wife attended church events during six days in early March and spread the virus. At least 35 of 92 attendees at church events became infected, including the three who died, all over the age of 65.
Protests against police brutality spread from Minneapolis to cities across the U.S.
The Minneapolis police precinct where the officers worked who killed Floyd, and the workplace of those who stood by while he was killed, was burned in the protests. Police quickly responded to protests on Tuesday with tear gas and rubber bullets. Police in Phoenix, Arizona, fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters. For some odd reason, police weren't nearly as quick with the tear gas and rubber bullets when heavily armed white people protested the coronavirus shutdowns. Now imagine if black people protested after mass shootings, at women's marches, LGBTQ rights rallies, immigration protests and environmental demonstrations.
How a South Korean church helped fuel the spread of the coronavirus
The country’s first known case was a 35-year-old Chinese woman who arrived at Incheon Airport from Wuhan. She tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Jan 20. He would become Patient 6, the first known case of local transmission () in South Korea. The next day, Patient 6’s wife and son were confirmed positive, as well. Within two days after Patient 31 tested positive, 15 more people connected to the Shincheonji church were confirmed to have the virus, as well.
Minnesota police officer charged with murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd
George FloydFormer Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin was taken into custody by investigators Friday in connection with the death of 46-year-old George Floyd. The announcement comes from John Harrington, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, who told the press that Chauvin was taken into custody but did not elaborate on any charges. Floyd was arrested On Monday, May 25, in connection with a 9-1-1 call made about a man using possibly fraudulent cash to buy cigarettes from a store. The resulting arrest included four police officers responding, with Chauvin kneeling on and resting the weight of his body on the back of Floyd’s neck, while Floyd pleaded for his life. The entire event was videotaped by bystanders, who also pleaded for Floyd’s life.
Naval War College professor queries why Trump supporters voted for such a wuss
Everybody needs to read this one:www.theatlantic.com/…So why is it that all of these macho red necks vote the biggest pansy in politics in to the office of the presidency?
Former MPD Officer Derek Chauvin In Custody, Charged With Murder In George Floyd’s Death
BREAKING – MPD Officer Derek Chauvin has been arrested in the death of #GeorgeFloyd. All four officers were fired a day after Floyd’s death. The video of Floyd’s fatal arrest circulated widely on social media, sparking protests in Minneapolis and cities across the country. Tim Walz said the looting and arson must come to an end so that state can address the problems that led to Floyd’s death. “It’s time for us to clean our streets.”At that same press conference, Harrington, the commissioner of public safety, called Floyd’s death a murder.
And Another Reason to Elect Biden
A big reason for that is that Joe Biden served as Barack Obama’s vice president for 8 years. He served: he did not condescend, he did not “whitesplain.” He openly and genuinely acted toward a Black man as his superior. When Americans, Black, white, etc., see Joe Biden, they see a man who is genuinely color-blind on race. By that, I do not mean unaware of race; Biden is thoroughly aware. That is why I think that a President Biden is the best hope we have today of starting to heal the reopened wounds of American racism.
Joe Biden addresses the killing of George Floyd, calling racism an 'open wound' in the U.S.
Biden called on white people to imagine if “every time your husband or son, wife or daughter, you feared for their safety from bad actors and bad police. Imagine if you had to have that talk with your child about not asserting your rights, taking the abuse handed out to them so—so, just so—they could make it home.” Black people, he reminded viewers, “don’t have to imagine it. The anger and the frustration and the exhaustion—it’s undeniable.”“That’s not the promise of America. It’s long past time that we made the promise of this nation real for all people,” Biden continued, calling for “real leadership that will bring everyone to the table so we can take measures to root out systemic racism.”Biden went on to call for “real police reform that holds cops to a higher standard that so many of them actually meet—that holds bad cops accountable.”Biden later returned to the acknowledgement that “the promise of America” is not real for everyone, saying “We’ve got to make real the promise of America, which we’ve never fully grasped, that all men and women are equal, not only at creation but throughout their lives.” He closed with a promise to George Floyd’s family, with whom he’d spoken, that “we’ll do everything in our power to see to it that justice is had in your brother, your cousin’s case.”
“Radical Left Mayor” informs POTUS what weakness really is…
Tens of thousands of those victims would still be breathing had this president not been so pathetically inept. As is the pattern of a narcissist incapable of human empathy, Trump is projecting his own failings onto another political figure. Weakness is pointing a finger at somebody else in the time of crisis.”Then, the Minneapolis Mayor gave Trump a lesson in what real leadership sounds like…“Donald Trump knows nothing about the strength of Minneapolis. But you’d better be damn sure we’re gonna get through this.”It should be noted that the “Radical Left” Mayor refused to wade into the tribal swamp with the Divider in Chief. Rand Bishop (Gimpy Ol’ Norman) is the author of the memoir, TREK: My PeacePilgrimage in Search of a Kinder America.
Trump's social media executive order is a logical mess, but threats don't need to be logical
Trump’s move against social media companies comes precisely because Twitter appended fact-checks to some of his blatant lies about mail-in voting, but if Twitter or Facebook faced legal liability because of things he posted, like falsely accusing Joe Scarborough of murder, the penalties applied to his tweets might go beyond fact checking. But again, that’s not the point. “The companies will likely win any challenge, but no one wants to go through litigation. It becomes a cost-benefit analysis of, ‘Is it worth it to put a fact check the next time the president puts a false tweet out there?’”Trump wants that answer to be no, it’s not worth it. And a well-publicized campaign against social media companies has the side benefit of encouraging his supporters’ victim complex.
We need all hands on deck to oust President Tweety
But they shouldn’t vary so much that we squander the last chance we may have to save our country from total annihilation. But any one of them was more qualified than the incumbent, and now it’s up to us to pick one of two. If you refuse to participate because the selection is not to your liking you’re by default condoning the actions of the officeholder. And remember, no matter how aggravating and unfair it is, any vote not actively cast against the status quo is a vote for Trump. Do you think Trump is more likely to work with us on — well, anything?
Trump plans to sell yet more armaments to his pal Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
The administration is currently trying to sell thousands more precision-guided bombs to the President's "friend," Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. [...] As inconvenient as the President and the Secretary might find Congressional oversight or Inspectors General, we will continue doing our jobs. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, the United States sells more armaments than any other nation. Arms from the United States have been used in the harsh crackdowns that have abused human rights in Egypt. The United States desperately needs to take a new path in foreign policy.
Democratic lawmakers, all women of color, introduce resolution condemning police brutality
They are responding to the murder of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis. And the murder of Breonna Taylor by police in Louisville. They are responding to the excessive use of force by police in cities across the country where protests of these murders are taking place. "Whereas the House of Representatives has a moral and constitutional obligation to protect the civil rights and liberties of all people from police abuses," the resolution continues, "be it resolved that the House of Representatives" answers. They call for "the adoption of sound and unbiased law enforcement policies at all levels of government that reduce the disparate impact of police brutality and use of force on Black and Brown people and other historically marginalized communities."
PA Democrats Target Harrisburg GOPers For Putting The Whole Legislature At Risk For COVID-19
First, some context:Several Democratic state representatives are calling for the resignation of Republican leaders, including House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Marshall), who did not inform their Democratic colleagues that Rep. Andrew Lewis (R-Dauphin) tested positive for COVID-19. Though Lewis has been quarantining at home since May 18, he was last on the House floor on May 14, not wearing a mask. On Wed., May 27, Lewis announced on his Facebook page that he had tested positive for COVID-19 on May 20 and has now recovered from his mild symptoms. He wrote that he used the CDC guidelines to determine who he may have exposed and contacted them accordingly. But several representatives are claiming that not a single Democratic member of the General Assembly was informed of Lewis' diagnosis, including those who work with him on a committee.
GOP's Only Hope: Toss Trump Overboard
And each day, it seems, Donald Trump is doing everything in his power to make that happen. Republicans need a chance to reclaim their party and try to put it on a sane path toward a robust two-party system. And I know there will be a lot of people opposed to giving Republicans even the slightest glimmer of hope in 2020, but at best it will be false hope. No, I think the damage has been done for 2020 and Republicans know it. All Republicans need to do is band together and point it out.
IA-Sen: Sen. Chris Murphy (D. CT) Helps Theresa Greenfield (D) End Moscow Mitch's Reign Of Terror
Senator Chris Murphy (D. CT) in support of Theresa Greenfield’s (D. IA) U.S. Senate campaign:Theresa Greenfield (D. IA)I know it feels like things are falling apart. Check out this poll from Iowa:Public Policy Polling - May 2020 Ernst (R): 43% Greenfield (D): 42%Margin of error: +/- 2.8%Theresa Greenfield is an amazing candidate - small businesswoman, activist, grew up on the farm. Can you split a $5 donation between Theresa Greenfield and my campaign to help us flip the Senate this November? He’s going to spend everything he can to try to defeat Theresa and carry Trump to victory. So please, split a $5 donation between our campaigns right now, and let’s make Theresa the next senator from Iowa.
Around the Block: "Raid the Mailboxes" and other street games we played
Kids playing "Raid the Mailboxes"Nostalgia with a bit of News with a TwistTrump's talk of "ballot harvesting" brings back memories of growing up in Brooklyn in the '50'sIt's probably hard to believe that a Trump presser in the Oval Office in which he railed about absentee ballots and voter fraud would remind me of growing up in Brooklyn. But it did...with a little "Around the Block – News with a Twist” imagination thrown in. Read on: Around the Block: “Raid the Mailboxes”???????
Trump, desperate for distraction, turns White House into purveyor of racism, death, and destruction
Trump must have been delighted when the subject of his latest media feud, Twitter, decided to hide the tweet because it "violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence.” Indeed. It was important to make it official by enlisting the White House Twitter account into his battle. From that point on Friday morning, the White House Twitter feed bombarded followers with messages about "censorship," the targeting of Trump, and the need to "REVOKE 230! He's one part fighter, one part victim on a mission to promote the brand of racist violence that his white nationalist devotees are surely rejoicing at. But it's not merely a personal mission: It's official White House policy.
In a brief, powerful statement, Joe Biden addresses the killing of George Floyd
"...and folks, we gotta to stand up. We gotta move. We gotta change." Biden’s closing words stand out in a sadly all-too-familiar statement that was seemingly made countless times during the Obama administration. “We got to make real the promise of America, which we never fully grasped.”The whole statement lasts for about 5 minutes, 27 seconds, but it accomplishes more than a rambling hour-long speech from our current President could ever hope.
Laura Ingraham consoles Black people by saying law enforcement treated Trump horribly, too
x Ingraham: To our African American fellow citizens I say this. Given his own experience with an out-of-control FBI and unfair investigations, given all his work now on criminal justice reform, President [sic] Trump knows how poisonous and out-of-control law enforcement process can be. We should spend more time trying to work together to ensure that we have a fair and just society. Of course, this was broadcast before Donald Trump advocated shooting protesters, so I’m sure she’ll walk this back later tonight. Dear F*cking Lunatic: 101 Obscenely Rude Letters to Donald Trump and its boffo sequels Dear Pr*sident A**clown: 101 More Rude Letters to Donald Trump and Dear F*cking Moron: 101 More Letters to Donald Trump by Aldous J. Pennyfarthing are now available for a song!
Black CNN Reporter all but loses it rightfully on air with the truth America must hear
CNN correspondent Trymaine Lee did not hold back when Chuck Todd asked him about the situation in Minneapolis after the George Floyd murdererTrymaine Lee tells America an inconvenient truthPlease join our YouTube channel so we can get the numbers up to open up some more features and reach more folks.
Trump keeps screwing everything up and it's killing him in the battleground states
But it’s still not too hard to sort out: Blue states really don’t like Trump. Red states like Trump. And then there are the seven battlegrounds—all states that voted for Trump in 2016, and all states in which his numbers are currently net-negative. For example, let’s look at Arizona:x Civiqs ResultsSince the coronavirus pandemic hit, Trump has gone from -10 net favorables in Arizona, to -14. These shifts in public opinion may seem small, but in a tight battleground state, every point matters.
Sen. Kamala Harris (D. CA) Wastes No Time Helping Joe Biden Get Ready To Kick Trump's Ass
Simply put, the soul of our nation demands nothing less than electing a leader like Vice President Biden this November. Your contribution will help inform those investments, which is why I need you to commit to supporting Joe today. Will you pitch in $8 before Sunday’s FEC deadline to support Vice President Biden’s run for president? Donald Trump is already launching negative ads against the Vice President, and we should expect nothing but a barrage of dishonest attacks from here on out. The only way we can fully realize this country’s founding principles -- those of justice and equality -- is if we elect Joe Biden.
Excellent Biden Ad That Needs To Be Seen By All
The Hope Of Our Nation's FutureI just saw a Unite the Country group’s Biden ad that I thought was very well done. Does anyone know who the folks are behind Unite the Country? I would like to see more ads like this and I think it will play very well in the suburbs which we will need to take back the White House and Senate. I think it is a very good day to have this ad running after the complete and utter meltdown currently underway at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20500.
one "looter" is already dead and Trump wants more
Trump has gotten sanctioned by Twitter because he’d like looters shot. Perhaps Trump will try to lionize John Rieple, just a guy defending his stuff from looters. Police confirm a man was found dead near the store; a theory they are investigating is whether the owner shot a suspected looter. Rather, it’s a duty to retreat state which means that you must back away from confrontation if it’s possible. Deadly force isn’t authorized (outside of the home) unless there’s a reasonable belief of ‘great bodily harm.’” heavy.com/...Trump broke Twitter’s rules by advocating violence against looters.
BREAKING: CNN camera crew arrested live on air in Minneapolis
Reporting on the situation as police advanced.Identified themselves as press. Offered to move to where the police directed. Were abruptly arrested and taken away, Carted off their camera which was still recording.
Every worker on one Tennessee farm has tested positive for coronavirus
"There is woefully inadequate surveillance of what's happening with Covid-19 and farm workers," echoed Erik Nicholson, an official with the United Farm Workers. Henderson Farms in Evansville, Tennessee—where every worker has the virus—said they tested the workers out of an "abundance of caution," and now all of them are in isolation on the farm. They'll be transported in buses, and housed in worker dormitories with many people sleeping in the bunkhouse-style rooms. "The COVID-19 pandemic highlights how valuable farmworkers are to our economy, but also how vulnerable they and their families are to the disease," the lawmakers wrote. "As crops across this country are being harvested, we must act quickly and swiftly to ensure that farmworkers are protected.
PWB: Freidai Cuties & Snoozies
? It should not need to be said, but ANY/ALL photos that imply or encourage human violence against an animal will be considered verboten!
Trump doubles down by repeating his shooting threat on 2nd Twitter account, Twitter responds in kind
How much will night four of George Floyd protests be more violent. 70 people were arrested in NYC protests. by Twitter for violating its rules against glorifying violence. The tweets, which appeared while images of fires and destruction aired on cable news late into the evening on Thursday, were slapped with a warning by Twitter for violating its rules against glorifying violence. The man, George Floyd, died while in police custody.
Breaking: George Floyd's murderer has been arrested
From CBSN Minnesota:MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been arrested days after George Floyd’s fatal arrest that sparked protests, rioting and outcry across the city and nation. On Friday, John Harrington, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, announced that Chauvin has been taken into custody in connection with the May 25 death. Chauvin is the former officer in the video seen around the world with his knee on Floyd’s neck. He’d been with Minneapolis police for 19 years. It was not immediately clear what the expected charges Chauvin could face are.
LETTER FROM LONDON: The Price of Boris Johnson – Britain’s Covid-19 Debacle
Mid March: Stop TestingOne particularly unfortunate consequence of the British government’s drift into a mitigation strategy was that it resulted in Britain’s testing programme being quietly abandoned. After a fortnight’s rest at the British prime minister’s official country residence at Chequers he finally returned to work on April 26. The British system has no conception of either a deputy prime minister or of an acting prime minister. As for an ‘acting prime minister’, the only person in Britain who, according to British constitutional theory, can “act” as prime minister is the prime minister himself. It is the prime minister, and only the prime minister, who is able to give leadership and direction to the cabinet, and who during a crisis must make the various parts of Britain’s complex government structure work together efficiently, and in unison.
PFAW’s "Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears" Highlights April Rulings
WASHINGTON - People For the American Way’s “Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears” blog series covers troubling votes and decisions by Trump appellate judges. Linked below are posts concerning 25 cases from PFAW’s “Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears” blog series for April, 2020. Trump appellate judges voted in favor of state efforts to ban abortions in four states, all using COVID-19 as an excuse. Trump appellate judges cast deciding votes in favor of large corporations that denied health care to retired workers and denied an affordable mortgage modification to a homeowner. These cases have all been entered in our Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears tool, that you can search by issue or by judge.
May 29, 2020 – Consortiumnews
It is evident that neither candidate is actually going to do anything substantive to save us from ecological catastrophe, writes Jonathan Cook. Read more ?
Charles Booker Must Defeat Mitch McConnell ? Current Affairs
But trailing McGrath in the Democratic primary is underdog Charles Booker, a young, progressive Kentucky state representative. Despite an early reputation as a “moderate” Republican, McConnell has consistently stuck to, and himself enforced, the Republican Party line, with his career votes against party totaling a measly 2.4 percent. After outraising McConnell in the first quarter of 2020 with a massive $12.8M haul, the McGrath campaign is now only conducting polling against McConnell. The McGrath campaign, meanwhile, eagerly embraces a Republican-lite branding. Alternatively, Booker has drawn different lessons from the right, in particular from former Kentucky Republican Governor Matt Bevin and Donald Trump.
Coverage of School Reopening Needs to Include School Workers
His piece includes no input from organizations that represent schools’ personnel, or any mention of the risk to adult school workers. Even Chalkbeat (5/21/20), in its coverage of the possibility of New York schools reopening, didn’t touch the union or worker angle, despite being a source for education news. The Chicago Sun-Times (5/8/20) did cover the Chicago Teachers Union response to the mayor’s desire to reopen schools. It’s a mistake to insinuate that teachers and school workers aren’t invested in their schools’ futures like parents are. School workers have been one of the hardest hit sectors in the pandemic.
The Class Politics of Coronavirus Responses in the Americas
For this and other reasons, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is rapidly losing public support, including among the country’s deeply conservative political and economic elites. Yet the same can’t be said about Donald Trump, who remains entirely capable of triumphing in November despite his relative unpopularity. Further, they are insufficient to compensate for Bolsonaro’s catastrophic undermining of public-health measures or the myriad other scandals that engulf his administration. The current strategy of asking working people to stay at home in the absence of sufficient economic relief is not only unrealistic. It also evokes a classist, patronizing, and moralistic form of politics all too common among the liberal intelligentsia.
Saying Quiet Part Very Loud, Netanyahu Calls Palestinians Future "Subjects" as Annexation Looms
Although he did not use the word, he described an Apartheid regime in the Israeli-controlled Palestinian West Bank. You don’t need to apply sovereignty over them, they will remain Palestinian subjects if you will. In calling the Palestinians “subjects,” Netanyahu is acknowledging that they are not citizens. This meant that the Bantustans were little more than puppet states controlled by South Africa. That is what Netanyahu means when he calls them “Palestinian subjects.” Bantustan subjects.
Why the Lesser-Evil Argument for Biden Sounds Hollow
It has become such a standard left argument at election time that lesser evil voting even has its own acronym: LEV. This column is not going to make an argument for or against lesser evil voting, either in general or in the coming election. To younger voters, when the left’s veterans make the lesser evil argument, they repeat precisely the arguments the evil system wants echoing. If Sanders’ supporters reject voting for Biden, Biden is unlikely to win the election. To argue otherwise, as too many proponents of lesser evil voting do, may ultimately prove to be the more foolish option.
Senior Trump Interior Official Violated Federal Ethics Laws Again
This isn’t the first time Domenech ran afoul of federal laws that public officials are required to adhere to yet here we are again. Through his official government email account, Domenech communicated with an EPA senior official on several occasions regarding a family member’s EPA job application, a violation of 5 C.F.R. § 2635.101(b)(14), the federal regulation requiring employees to avoid any actions creating the appearance of violating the law or federal ethical standards. This isn’t the first time an investigation found that Domenech, a close personal friend of Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, violated ethics laws. Learn more about Doug Domenech at Western Values Project’s Department of Influence website, which documents the revolving-door between industry and political appointees at the Interior Department.
Rep. Katie Porter Accuses UnitedHealth of 'Putting Profits Before Patients and Providers' in Midst of Pandemic
Rep. Katie Porter on Wednesday demanded answers from health insurance giant UnitedHealth for taking actions that stand to further increase its profits but "threaten the well-being of... patients, physicians, and other healthcare providers" in the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic. Cutting doctors and nurses from their network, putting profits before patients and providers. Those moves come as UnitedHealth, and major health insurance companies in general, are on track for a banner financial year and can expect "continued year-over-year growth," she wrote. "UnitedHealth does not predict that projected earnings will drop in 2020, even as the pandemic continues to ravage other businesses," wrote Porter. Among the answers Porter is seeking is how many providers UnitedHealth removed from network and the insurer's criteria for making those decisions.
Corporate Lawsuits Could Devastate Poor Countries Grappling With COVID-19
With countries scrambling to survive the global Covid-19 pandemic, many other countries could suffer Argentina’s fate. Poor countries in the crosshairsThe problem of corporations using ISDS to undermine legitimate public interest policies and regulations did not begin with the pandemic. According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, or UNCTAD, as of this year foreign investors have filed more than 1,000 claims. Even before the current public health crisis, some countries had already become highly indebted to pay awards to corporations. The victims of the economic consequences of Covid-19 will not be foreign investors, but the poorest and most vulnerable around the world.
ACLU Statement On Trump Tweet Directing the National Guard to Murder Protesters in Minneapolis
WASHINGTON - President Trump announced on Twitter early this morning his intention to send the National Guard to Minneapolis, Minn. in response to protests over the recent killing of George Floyd. We call on the National Guard and law enforcement in Minneapolis to comply with the law and not President Trump. President Trump’s response ignores the fact that the inherent problem is not the reaction to Mr. Floyd’s murder. The problem is Mr. Floyd’s murder. Prosecutors in Minnesota must hold accountable the officers responsible for George Floyd’s murder – the officer who knelt on Mr. Floyd’s neck as he gasped ‘I can’t breathe,’ and those who, by failing to do anything to intervene, approved their colleague’s decision to murder Mr. Floyd.
At Least 9 Million US Households With Children Are 'Not At All Confident' They'll Be Able to Afford Food Next Month, Census Survey Finds
A poll released by the U.S. Census Bureau this week revealed that at least nine million American households that include children are unsure whether they'll be able to access enough food in the next four weeks and millions more are experiencing housing insecurity during the coronavirus pandemic. The bureau's weekly Household Pulse Survey, taken between May 14 and 19, asked respondents about their loss of employment, food security, overall health, and other issues they are facing during the pandemic. According to the data, more than nine million households are "not at all confident" that they will be able to afford food in the next month, and more than 18 million are only "somewhat confident" about their food security. The Census also asked respondents whether they had experienced food insecurity prior to March 13, when President Donald Trump declared the pandemic a national emergency and schools across the country shut down. As Common Dreams reported Wednesday, the same Household Pulse Survey revealed that a quarter of respondents weren't able to pay their rent or mortgage in May or were concerned they wouldn't be able to pay in June.
Anger and Unrest Nationwide as Protests Over Killing of George Floyd Spread Across US Cities
From New York to Memphis to Oakland, protesters and police departments in city after city faced off, sometimes violently. Video from Manhattan's Union Square shows police attacking a protester, with one officer breaking his baton while beating a demonstrator. pic.twitter.com/nqBvA5GJVZ — Patrick Breen (@pjbreenphoto) May 29, 2020 Things are escalating as police continue to fire what I’m assuming are rubber bullets at protesters. Louisville, Kentucky protesters were also protesting against their city's police department's killing of an unarmed black woman, Breonna Taylor, on March 13. In Los Angeles, protesters assembled across the city, including in front of police headquarters, to express their anger and frustration over Floyd's killing.
With COP 26 Pushed to Late 2021 Due to Pandemic, World Leaders Urged Not to Delay Climate Action
—Jennifer Morgan, Greenpeace International"The postponement should not delay urgently needed action on climate change which is already increasing poverty and suffering around the world," declared Oxfam GB chief executive Danny Sriskandarajah. As the global total of confirmed Covid-19 cases has topped 5.85 million, coalitions have demanded their governments pursue a #PeoplesBailout, Just Recovery, Healthy Recovery, Green Recovery, Green Stimulus, and Global Green New Deal. Campaigners praised the proposal to inject billions into the European economy while promoting a green recovery but also expressed concern that, in the words of Greenpeace E.U. "While we rightly focus on fighting the immediate crisis of the coronavirus, we must not lose sight of the huge challenges of climate change," said Sharma. "With the new dates for COP 26 now agreed we are working with our international partners on an ambitious roadmap for global climate action between now and November 2021."
Reminder to the Press: Trump's Deadly Covid-19 Failures Are Still Happening
But it’s almost as if the D.C. media has forgotten what Trump and the federal government urgently need to do—and could be doing—to save people’s lives. But when it comes to the virus, Washington is doing basically none of the things we need it to do. An explanation of the Trump administration’s testing strategy, required by Congress and released on Sunday, simply rephrased the intention to dump almost all the responsibility on the states. Arriving at this moment of transition required countrywide shutdowns, soaring unemployment and devastating blows to our economy and mental health. Some disarray is inevitable during a rapidly evolving crisis, and COVID-19 is the worst health disaster the world has faced in a century.
Elizabeth Warren Leads Demand to Audit OSHA as Covid-19 Sparks 'Massive Worker Safety Crisis'
"OSHA, the agency that this nation has tasked to protect workers, has been largely invisible. "OSHA, the agency that this nation has tasked to protect workers, has been largely invisible," said Adams. "It is beyond dispute that coronavirus constitutes a new hazard which poses grave danger to employees, and that current safety standards are inadequate to protect workers from this hazard." I’ve requested @DOLOIG investigate whether OSHA failed to meet its legal requirement to protect workplace safety. "It's beyond urgent that action is taken to protect workers who risk our lives daily to respond to this public health emergency.
Honduran Family Sues US Govt for Separation Lawyers Say Was Deliberately Meant to 'Torment and Traumatize'
"These federal agents made a choice, a cruel and heinous choice, to deliberately inflict pain and trauma upon a family seeking refuge." The agents took that action with a purpose in mind, according to the lawsuit:Out of a desire to deliberately inflict cruelty upon a Latino family from Central America, federal agents dragged 14-year old D.A. The separation caused "immense trauma" to the three asylum-seekers, the lawsuit states. From the lawsuit:The United States also recklessly disregarded Lucinda's physical safety and health during her detention. Swaminathan added that "the family is bringing this lawsuit to fight for the truth and to demand justice."
'Never Seen Anything Like This': Watch Police Arrest CNN Journalist and Camera Crew During Live TV Coverage of George Floyd Protests
A CNN journalist and his entire camera crew were arrested by Minnesota state police Friday morning during their live television coverage of the aftermath of Minneapolis protests over the killing of George Floyd. Moments later, members of Jimenez's camera crew were also arrested. "They arrested a CNN reporter and camera crew for reporting the news but not Derek Chauvin, the police officer who killed George Floyd on camera," tweeted attorney Midwin Charles. About an hour after their arrest, Jimenez and his crew were released from police custody. Tim Walz apologized for the arrest of the CNN crew Friday morning, calling it "totally unacceptable."
As Minneapolis Protests Over Killing of George Floyd Intensify, Trump Threatens to Send in Military With Green Light to Open Fire
"I can't stand back and watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis. "These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won't let that happen," Trump continued in a second tweet. Floyd's killing sparked nationwide outrage and demands for a thorough federal investigation from members of Congress, national civil rights groups, and presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. On Thursday night, protests over Floyd's killing spread across the country as thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in Ohio, New York, Colorado, and elsewhere. Benjamin Crump, the attorney representing Floyd's family, tweeted late Thursday that it is "outrageous" that "the four Minneapolis Police officers who murdered George Floyd are still walking around free tonight."
Dimming VP Hopes, Klobuchar's Failure to Prosecute Police Misconduct Highlighted as Outrage Over Killing of George Floyd Intensifies
"Her failure to prosecute police who killed black men was matched by racially slanted eagerness to prosecute black men on the basis of highly dubious evidence," Norman Solomon wrote for Common Dreams Thursday. The police officer who killed George Floyd was also part of 3 other police shootings of civilians, incl. If she done her job it is probably safe to assume and say that George Floyd might be alive today. Klobuchar's prosecution of Myon Burrell, a young black man, for murder in 2002 has also come under scrutiny as evidence has indicated he may be innocent and that his prosecution was grossly mishandled. In 2006, it was @amyklobuchar who refused to prosecute the cop at the center of George Floyd’s lynching.
‘I want to scream’: WaPo columnist pens emotional reaction to George Floyd’s killing
But they have also stressed that the anger surrounding Floyd’s death is perfectly justified and encouraged peaceful, nonviolent protests. “I condemn riots, destruction, property theft and all manner of senseless violence, but I understand the feeling that animates these spasms,” Robinson asserts. When I see the video of Gregory and Travis McMichael accosting and shooting Arbery, I want to throw something else. “Do you want to prevent the kind of rioting, looting and arson we saw in Minneapolis on Wednesday night?,” Robinson writes. “Then stop police officers and racist vigilantes from killing black men, like George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery.
Nursing homes fought federal emergency plan requirements for years — now they’re coronavirus hot spots
It required nursing homes to draw up plans for hazards such as an outbreak of a new infectious disease. The current rule requires nursing homes to make contingency staffing preparations, but it doesn’t require stockpiles of personal protective equipment, or PPE. Something Pretty BasicThe drive to ensure that nursing homes were better prepared for emergencies began amid disaster and disease. Although the state has more than 400 nursing homes, its inspectors issued just 44 emergency-preparedness citations to 40 facilities, none related to a nursing home’s failure to prepare for an epidemic. In a statement, the nursing home’s management company, Liberty Healthcare, acknowledged that local emergency officials had not reviewed the facility’s emergency plan.
The Trump administration failed to get data needed to fight COVID-19 — but others picked up the slack
What’s the genesis behind the COVID-19 tracking project? In practice, that means that we have dozens of volunteers who go to many different states’ websites and compile it into a spreadsheet. We have teams of people who do outreach to states, and others who try to get the quality of data reporting improved. Then, of course, the more pressure the reporters put on the states to do better data reporting, the better our database gets. At the end of the day, we need legislation that provides national standards for data reporting.
Why are there more swing states these days? What we are witnessing is a major political realignment in process
But in an era where political polarization is the hottest story, it is worth noting that the number of so-called “swing states” is growing. It is in that context that Ron Brownstein points to the possibility for an historic election in four southwestern states. Based on the kind of political polarization we’re witnessing, you’d think that most states would be rock solid in one camp or the other. What we are witnessing is a major political realignment in process and these kinds of movements take time. Christopher Hooks noted that during a previous political realignment, the Republicanization of Texas “took nearly a half a century to enact.”
After Days of Protest, Police Officer Derek Chauvin Charged With 3rd Degree Murder for Killing George Floyd
Chauvin was filmed kneeling on George Floyd, a black man, while he was unarmed and handcuffed in Minneapolis on Monday. BREAKING: Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin is charged with murder in the third degree and manslaughter, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says. BREAKING - MPD Officer Derek Chauvin has been arrested in the death of #GeorgeFloyd. I am at a news conference in Minneapolis City Hall with black leaders in Minnesota and friends of George Floyd. Derek Chauvin, the police officer who murdered George Floyd, was arrested.
WATCH: Minnesota cops arrest CNN reporter and entire camera crew on live TV
Police in Minneapolis on Friday arrested CNN’s Omar Jimenez and his entire camera crew on live television. In the middle of a broadcast about the civil unrest in Minneapolis that occurred in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, Minnesota State Police surrounded Jimenez and put handcuffs on him. After Jimenez was taken away, the officers proceeded to arrest every other CNN employee on the scene. Police did not initially give a reason for arresting Jimenez, although they claimed shortly afterward that he and his crew were taken into custody because they refused to move when instructed. CNN anchors John Berman and Alisyn Camerota expressed shock that police would arrest journalists.
Leaked video: GOP Senate candidate told black leaders it’s pointless to call out Trump racism
I have the right to think and vote for myself along with all other Americans, including black Americans. pic.twitter.com/RRURX1eMbY — John James (@JohnJamesMI) May 22, 2020James, who is black, made the comments after he was conspicuously silent during Trump’s racist attacks on Democrats of color. The candidate’s comments about Trump came during a video conference with African American community leaders on April 30, first reported by Politico. After the comments were first leaked to Politico, James insisted that he is willing to criticize Trump. Donald Trump Jr. downplayed James’ comments about disagreeing with the president at the fundraiser last week.
Trump can’t bail himself out by stoking white people’s fear of rioting ‘thugs’
There was a lot of crime, and widespread unrest in response to the seemingly endless war in Vietnam. Nixon was able to pitch himself as a stabilizing force–a rock in a sea of chaos; Trump is himself an agent of chaos. Biden’s leading Trump by a mile among voters who dislike both candidates. Finally, it’s simply the case that nothing seems to move the needle on Trump’s popularity with the public, or lack thereof. Ultimately, Trump’s Nixonian pitch appeals to his hardcore base–the approximately 25 percent of voters who hold a “very favorable” view of his performance.
‘I will never surrender’: Far-right Mississippi mayor refuses to resign after mindlessly defending officers involved in George Floyd’s death
Some conservatives and libertarians — from MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough to Judge Andrew Napolitano of Fox News — have been vehemently outspoken about the death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd, asserting that his death was absolutely inexcusable. Napolitano, in fact, has called for all four of the officers involved in Floyd’s death to face murder charges. But Hal Marx, the far-right Republican mayor of Petal, Mississippi, has defended the officers, and critics are calling for Marx’s resignation. On Thursday, May 28, USA Today reports, the Petal Board of Aldermen held a meeting in the hope of persuading Marx to resign. But the Petal mayor has refused to step down.
Why the neoliberal agenda is a failure at fighting coronavirus
The utter failure of private capitalism to prepare for the coronavirus should have surprised no one. Of course, private capitalism’s failures could have been offset if governments compensated for them. Ideas and practices of government compensating for private capitalism’s failures and flaws are old. They cultivate blindness to private capitalism’s failures and often simply deny them. Neoliberal politicians decline to organize, endorse, or support governmental production, import, storage, securing, or stockpiling of virtually anything that private capitalists are or could be doing instead.
Ex-officer Derek Chauvin taken into custody for George Floyd’s killing
Former police officer Derek Chauvin has been taken into custody by Minnesota state authorities. The Minneapolis police officer lost his job this week after he pinned George Floyd to the ground with a knee on the black man’s neck during an arrest, and the 46-year-old was pronounced dead a short time later. The killing has prompted days of protest that reached a fever pitch Thursday night, after the county prosecutor announced that he did not have enough evidence to support a criminal charge.
Here’s how Trump is the ultimate ‘Karen’
According to the meme, a “Karen” is a privileged, demanding white soccer mom who goes out of her way to make life unnecessarily difficult for low-paid workers in the service sector. And some Gen-Xers and Boomers are puzzled by the meme, noting that a lot of the women they have thought highly of over the years were named Karen (like Karen Carpenter or Karen Black). “The term is most commonly applied to middle-aged women, but why abide by that sexist standard?,” Graham writes. “Trump’s pressure can take forms both hyper-targeted and personal or broad and policy-based,” according to Graham. “In both cases, the point is to punish the people who dared to challenge him.”
Here’s the disturbing history behind the racist phrase that got Trump flagged on Twitter
The phrase, however, didn’t originate with Trump, and its racist origins are explained in articles for HuffPost and NBC News. In a disturbing video of his arrest, Floyd can be heard saying, “I can’t breathe” while handcuffed and pinned to the ground. And not unlike Trump, Headley wasn’t shy about saying inflammatory things. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!”I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis.
Trump has ‘sidelined’ the coronavirus task force — abdicating responsibility for the staggering death toll
The deaths of more than 100,000 Americans from coronavirus this week have not been marked officially by the White House. The White House coronavirus task force headed up by Vice President Mike Pence hasn’t even issued a statement, much less conducted a briefing. Because it’s all about reopening now and apparently having the task force continue to operate publicly would undercut the big orange blob of rage’s declaration of victory over the virus. He’s moved on to other things, and the task force is now just meeting once a week. “I had no idea how popular the task force is until actually yesterday when I started talking about winding down.
Trump uses his weird grip on Republicans to stoke a nihilistic culture war
He has taken the already polarized Republican Party and turned it into a cult of personality. Masks and social distancing are common-sense ways to begin doing that, and normalizing that behavior will bring back the economy more quickly. But Trump has decided to pretend that the crisis is over, as I said earlier, and mask-wearing and social distancing don’t exactly send that message. According to the Washington Post, there are businesses in various parts of the country now barring customers from wearing masks in their establishments. His followers would buy red MAGA masks by the truckload and turn social distancing into the mark of macho American individualism.
The 20 Funniest Tweets From Women This Week (May 23-29)
The ladies of Twitter never fail to brighten our days with their brilliant and succinct wit. Each week, HuffPost Women rounds up hilarious musings of 280 characters or less. Scroll through this week’s great tweets from women below. Then visit our “Funniest Tweets From Women” page for past roundups.
Cardi B Breaks Down George Floyd Protests, Police Brutality: 'People Are Tired'
Yeah!’ And as much as people is so against it, at this point I feel like I’m not against it,” said the rapper in a video posted on social media Friday. Cardi B is once again using her platform to talk to her fans about what’s going on in the world, explaining the protests against police brutality that have happened all over the country this week. “We could vote for mayors, we could vote for judges and we could also vote for DAs, district attorneys. Yes, we could vote for these people.”Cardi B explained that the people voted in are the ones who have the power to prosecute. She’s also been very active on social media in response to Floyd’s death, posting her thoughts on Twitter and Instagram.
More Grocery Chains Are Ending Hazard Pay Even As The Pandemic Continues
Reid called it “absolutely absurd” for him and others to return to his normal pay rate just as the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 topped 100,000. “So why are you ending this hazard pay? A spokesperson for Albertsons Companies Inc., which owns several grocery chains, told HuffPost Friday it would be extending its $2-per-hour bonus through June 13. “So long as there is a hazard, there should be hazard pay. From hospitals to meatpacking plants to grocery stores, many workers around the country have been frustrated by a lack of hazard pay or the loss of temporary but modest increases.
President Donald Trump Threatens Social Media Companies
VIDEOSPresident Donald Trump Threatens Social Media CompaniesTwitter fact-checked President Donald Trump. Trump responded by threatening to regulate or shut down social media companies that he claims are trying to “silence conservative voices.”
These Prisoners Were Released During The Coronavirus Pandemic
VIDEOSThese Prisoners Were Released During The Coronavirus PandemicPrisons across the nation have become COVID-19 hotspots, as institutions are unable to maintain social distancing rules, and often have a lack of sanitary supplies. Many states have considered releasing prisoners who pose no threat to society. But how many prisoners are actually being released? Turns out, not many. Donald Kagan and Basil Powell are two formerly incarcerated people who were released during the global pandemic.
Minneapolis cop charged with murder in Floyd's death
The protests erupted Tuesday, a day after Floyd's death in a confrontation with police captured on widely seen citizen video. National Guard members were in the area, with several of them lined up, keeping people away from the police station. By Friday morning, a couple dozen Guard members armed with assault-style rifles blocked a street near a Target store that has sustained heavy damage by looters. In New York City, protesters defied New York’s coronavirus prohibition on public gatherings Thursday, clashing with police, while demonstrators blocked traffic in downtown Denver and downtown Columbus. In Mississippi, the mayor of the community of Petal resisted calls to resign following his remarks about Floyd's death.
Interior watchdog: Agency official pressed EPA to hire relative
“He said he told the EPA senior official, ‘Please be aware [family member 1 is] actually applying for a job at EPA,’” the IG report states. “Domenech described it as an awkward moment for him and said that at one point he ‘pulled [the EPA senior official] aside and said, ‘Hey, I really apologize. I did not set this up.’”After the concert, Domenech used his official Interior email account to seek out the EPA official’s contact information. The EPA official who Domenech communicated with did not respond to the IG office’s questions and “has since left the EPA,” the report states. After the latest finding, House Natural Resources Chair Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) called for Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to fire Domenech.
UK sets out Hong Kong ‘path to citizenship’ plan
Britain's Home Secretary Priti Patel | Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images UK sets out Hong Kong ‘path to citizenship’ plan Nearly three million people could be eligible for the scheme. LONDON — The U.K.'s plan to offer a "path to citizenship" for British Nationals Overseas in Hong Kong — should China persist with plans to impose a new security law on the territory — could extend to nearly three million people, the Home Office indicated. Passport holders would be able to "apply to work and study for extendable periods of 12 months," Raab said. Prime Minister Boris Johnson discussed Hong Kong in a call with Donald Trump on Friday, Downing Street said. “The leaders said that China’s plan to impose national security legislation on Hong Kong goes against their obligations under the Sino-British Joint Declaration and would undermine Hong Kong’s autonomy and the One Country Two Systems framework," a spokesperson said.
Coronavirus started spreading in the U.S. in January, CDC says
SEE NEW POSTSCoronavirus started spreading in the U.S. in January, CDC says The coronavirus began quietly spreading in the U.S. as early as late January, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday — before President Trump blocked air travel from China and a full month before community spread was first detected in the country. It was also the first media briefing from the CDC in more than two months. I will continue to follow CDC guidance and wear a mask, and hope others will do the same to help slow the spread of this virus. And on Thursday, another meatpacking plant reported an outbreak: The Tyson plant in Storm Lake is shutting down temporarily after 555 workers tested positive. Animals steal coronavirus blood samples in India A troop of monkeys in India have attacked a medical official and snatched away blood samples of patients who had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, authorities said on Friday.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says NYC is set to begin reopening on June 8
Andrew Cuomo says NYC is set to begin reopening on June 8 New York Gov. Share this -Connecticut state colleges and universities to reopen in the fall Connecticut state colleges and universities will reopen their campuses this fall, President Mark Ojakian announced Friday. Each campus will be required to write a plan to meet the state's health and safety standards for reopening. Some personal news: On Wednesday I learned I was positive for COVID antibodies following mild symptoms earlier this spring. Share this -Iowa pushes to reopen despite 'substantial spread' of COVID19 DES MOINES, Iowa — Despite acknowledging there is still “substantial spread” of COVID-19 in the state, Gov.
New Jersey governor allows child care centers, non-contact sports, and summer camps to resume in the upcoming weeks
SEE NEW POSTSNew Jersey governor allows child care centers, non-contact sports, and summer camps to resume in the upcoming weeks New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Friday that he will be signing an executive order allowing child care services, non-contact organized sports, and youth day camps to resume over the next several weeks. As long as they follow public health guidelines, child care centers can reopen on June 15, non-contact sport activities can restart on June 22, and summer programs can begin on July 6, the governor said. "We still have a lot of planning to do and more questions need to be addressed in the coming weeks and months." Bars and distilleries were given the go-ahead to reopen this week and casinos, amusement parks and sporting events can all resume Monday.
The Week in Pictures: Crowds return to beaches and hugging through plastic
Olivia Grant, right, hugs her grandmother, Mary Grace Sileo, through a plastic barrier hung from a homemade clothes line during Memorial Day weekend on May 24, 2020 in Wantagh. This was the first time they had any contact since the lockdown. The United States surpassed 100,000 coronavirus deaths as of Wednesday afternoon, according to NBC News' count, becoming the first country to reach the grim milestone.
Trump, Biden both want to repeal tech legal protections — for opposite reasons
President Donald Trump and political rival Joe Biden found themselves in rare agreement on Friday, with the president advocating for the repeal of legal protections for tech companies that the presumptive Democratic nominee has said should be “immediately” revoked. But the two, who are set to face-off in this year’s general election, have come to the same conclusion for starkly different reasons. Trump has called for striking a 1996 provision that shields companies including Facebook and Google from lawsuits over user content partly because Twitter recently added fact-checking and warning labels to a series of his tweets. AdvertisementBiden, meanwhile, has called for Congress to remove those protections because he says Facebook and other platforms have failed to rein in politicians spewing lies online, including Trump. In doing so, both are targeting Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a law that is widely credited with spurring the growth of the modern internet economy.
Biden calls Floyd death an 'act of brutality,' calls for Americans to confront racism
"The pain is too immense for one community to bear alone,” Biden said. "I believe it is the duty of every American to grapple with, and to grapple with it now. “Leadership, that will bring everyone to the table so we can take measures to root out systemic racism." At a fundraiser Thursday night, Biden noted that Floyd’s cry that he couldn’t breathe echoed Eric Gardner’s words. “[Trump] is calling for violence against American citizens during a moment of pain for so many.
Biden delivers remarks on growing outrage over George Floyd's death
Former Vice President Joe Biden delivered remarks as the outrage over the death of George Floyd's grows and protests and investigations continue.
Derek Chauvin Charged With Murder, Manslaughter in George Flloyd's Death
Derek Chauvin, the white former Minneapolis police officer who was videotaped Monday kneeling on George Floyd’s neck while he pleaded “I can’t breath” before he died, has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Friday. During a press conference on Friday, Freeman said the case has moved “extraordinarily quickly,” and said his office has never charged a case in such a short time frame. In cell phone footage taken Monday by a bystander, Chauvin can be seen kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly eight minutes while arresting him on charges of trying to pay with a counterfeit bill. Chauvin and the three other responding officers have been fired from the Minneapolis Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has opened an investigation into Floyd’s death. The three other officers have not been taken into custody and authorities have not commented on whether they are likely to be charged in connection with Floyd’s death.
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In the age of COVID-19, cancer hospitals like Memorial Sloan Kettering have been forced to reimagine how to care for patients like 27-year-old Eliza Paris.
'None of us can be silent': Biden responds to outrage over George Floyd's death
Derek Chauvin, who was fired on Monday along with three other officers involved in the detainment of Floyd, was taken into custody Friday. Share this -Police officer Derek Chauvin has been arrested and is in custody for the murder of George Floyd. Brown said that Floyd's death was "caused by the unacceptable actions of a police officer." "After stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism your entire presidency, you have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence?" After stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism your entire presidency, you have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence?
Coronavirus started spreading in the U.S. in January, CDC says
The CDC traced the early spread in several ways, including what's called syndromic surveillance of emergency department records, tests of respiratory specimens and analyses of the virus's genetic sequences from early cases. Additionally, three separate COVID-19 cases in California confirmed "cryptic circulation of the virus by early February," the CDC authors wrote. Download the NBC News app for full coverage of the coronavirus outbreakHealth officials announced the first coronavirus case in the U.S. four months ago, on Jan. 21. It wasn't until Jan. 30 when the CDC announced the first evidence of person-to-person spread — a married couple in Chicago. Later testing revealed an earlier coronavirus death in the U.S. on Feb. 6, as well as an unrelated patient who died Feb. 13.
Derek Chauvin charged with murder, manslaughter
In October 2006, that officer, Derek Chauvin, was involved in the fatal shooting of a stabbing suspect. Multiple news outlets have reported in recent days that Klobuchar declined to bring charges against Chauvin. Klobuchar, however, told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell on Friday that she never declined to prosecute Chauvin. “This idea that I somehow declined a case … against this officer is absolutely false. Klobuchar explained that her successor sent the the case to a grand jury, which ultimately declined in 2008 to charge Chauvin.
Photos: Signs in store windows ask looters to pass them by
A sign in a store window Friday in St. Paul, Minn., expresses solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement as it asks looters to spare the property. In October 2006, that officer, Derek Chauvin, was involved in the fatal shooting of a stabbing suspect. Multiple news outlets have reported in recent days that Klobuchar declined to bring charges against Chauvin. “This idea that I somehow declined a case … against this officer is absolutely false. Klobuchar explained that her successor sent the the case to a grand jury, which ultimately declined in 2008 to charge Chauvin.
Klobuchar defends prosecutorial record amid question over 2006 Chauvin incident
Klobuchar defends prosecutorial record amid question over 2006 Chauvin incidentSen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn, on Friday defended her record as a former county prosecutor, rejecting accusations that she declined to press charges against the cop who knelt on George Floyd's neck for the killing of a suspect in 2006. In October 2006, that officer, Derek Chauvin, was involved in the fatal shooting of a stabbing suspect. Multiple news outlets have reported in recent days that Klobuchar declined to bring charges against Chauvin. Klobuchar, however, told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell on Friday that she never declined to prosecute Chauvin. Klobuchar explained that her successor sent the the case to a grand jury, which ultimately declined in 2008 to charge Chauvin.
Ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin charged with murder in George Floyd case
The former Minneapolis police officer shown on video putting his knee on the neck of George Floyd was arrested on Friday, authorities said. Floyd pleaded "I can't breathe," as Chauvin kneeled on Floyd's neck for around eight minutes on Monday night, in an arrest that was videotaped by bystanders. The police department initially said Floyd "physically resisted" the officers and that he died after "suffering medical distress." This case has moved with extraordinary speed.”Just 24 hours earlier, Freeman had said the case still needed more investigation. Chauvin remained on Floyd's neck, even as he was apparently unresponsive, before paramedics arrived and Floyd is placed on a stretcher.
The governor of Minnesota just showed what leadership in a crisis looks like
Democratic Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz held a press briefing on the ongoing unrest in his state later Friday. (It's long but important):"I also want to address an issue and this one is on me and I will own it. A few minutes after hearing that, I was on a call with CNN president Jeff Zucker who demanded to know what happened. I think our Minnesota reporters know this.
Fact check: A list of Trump's pandemic-related false claims from March 16 through May 3
Trump's travel restrictions and Italy, part 1Trump claimed March 26 that he imposed "a ban to Italy and especially certain areas in Italy" before imposing his broader travel restrictions on Europe. Trump's travel restrictions and Italy, part 2"Tragically, other nations put their trust in the WHO and they didn't do any form of ban. Other countries and travel restrictions on China"So when you say that I wasn't prepared, I was the first one to do the ban. Furthermore, it's not clear the former vice president even knew about Trump's China travel restrictions when he called Trump xenophobic on the day the restrictions were unveiled. Biden's campaign announced in early April that he supports Trump's travel restrictions on China, so part of Trump's claim is correct.
The protest pictures alone tell the story of America's racial hierarchy
A video shows Floyd crying out what's become a black refrain: "I can't breathe!" These scenes couldn't contrast more profoundly with those from a different kind of protest. In late April, armed with assault-style weapons, mostly white and mask-less demonstrators entered the Michigan Capitol building during a rally against Gov. "There are different sets of rules, there are different sets of consequences," Rashad Robinson, the president of the racial justice organization Color of Change, told Vox . "Armed men with guns have been showing up in Capitols across the country, in essence, demanding that things open back up.
World's deepest octopus captured on film
(CNN) The deepest known sighting of an octopus has been captured on film, more than a mile deeper than the previous reliable sighting. The observations of the creature, captured at almost 4.3 miles down in the Indian Ocean using lander machines -- autonomous camera systems that are released from a ship and sink to the bottom of the ocean -- are thought to be the deepest octopus sightings ever filmed. Researchers believe the creature is likely to be a new species of Grimpoteuthis, or "Dumbo octopus," a genus of deep-sea umbrella octopuses named for their fins, which resemble the ears of Disney's cartoon elephant. Deep-sea explorers were startled to encounter the creature more than 4 miles beneath the Indian Ocean. Over the course of a year and a half, as part of the Five Deeps Expedition, scientists visited the world's deepest places.
US missed early chance to slow coronavirus, genetic study indicates
(CNN) The United States missed out on an early chance to catch imported cases of coronavirus earlier this year, genetics experts say in a new report. He was isolated quickly and Washington state health officials started the process of contact tracing that's considered the key to containing the spread of infectious disease. Worobey started studying the genetic codes of these viruses, which have been published widely. "It looks like early to mid February appears to be the time frame when this virus was introduced to Washington state," Worobey said. "It seems possible that the virus that event wound up in Washington state moved first into Vancouver and then down into Washington," Worobey said.
Fact check: Trump's 654 false claims during the coronavirus pandemic
Washington (CNN) President Donald Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic has been deeply dishonest. He has been dishonest about the supplies his predecessor left him, about what his opponents have said about the pandemic, even about what he has said himself. Trump made as many false claims at some of his official pandemic task force briefings as he does in some of his rally speeches. Over the 14 weeks from the Monday his coronavirus task force started meeting, January 27, through Sunday, May 3, he made 654 false claims -- 215 of them specifically about the pandemic. We usually publish a breakdown of Trump's dishonesty over a seven-day period.
Pompeo accuses Democratic senator probing IG firing of 'hackery'
Washington (CNN) Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Sen. Robert Menendez and his staff Thursday of "conducting character assassination attempts" -- a charge the New Jersey Democrat dismissed as one of Pompeo's "high level temper tantrums." In the weeks since State Department inspector general Steve Linick was fired , the fraught relationship between the top US diplomat and the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has appeared to grow increasingly adversarial. Thursday's letter to Menendez is the latest jab from Pompeo, who finds himself under scrutiny and on the defensive after recommending the removal of his agency's independent watchdog. A State Department spokesperson said the department "is carefully reviewing various requests for information, records, and interviews with State Department personnel, and is committed to engaging in good faith discussions with the Chairman (Engel) concerning these requests." A senior State Department official told CNN "it is clear" that Pompeo "feels the pressure" amid the fallout from Linick's firing and the subsequent investigation.
Fact check: A list of Trump's general false claims from March 16 through May 3
Washington (CNN) Here is part two of our fact-checked list of President Donald Trump's false claims for the seven weeks running from March 16 through May 3. "The only data we released around May 1 was President Trump's job approval rating, but there was nothing on former Vice President Biden in those data." -- April 15 coronavirus briefingFacts First: One part of Trump's claim was true, but another part was false. -- April 5 coronavirus briefingFacts First: Trump Trump overstated the impact of the Right to Try law he signed in 2018. Trump's trade agreement with ChinaTrump said of his trade deal with China: "It's the biggest deal probably ever made."
Controversial Police Encounters Fast Facts
July 16, 2019 - The Justice Department announces it is not bringing federal The Justice Department announces it is not bringing federal charges against Pantaleo. Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson resigns a week after a scathing Justice Department report slams his department. State murder charges against Slager -- as well as two other federal charges -- will be dismissed as part of a plea deal. State murder charges against Slager -- as well as two other federal charges -- will be dismissed as part of a plea deal. January 12, 2017 - The city of Baltimore agrees to a consent decree with sweeping reforms proposed by the Justice Department.
Joe Biden says he spoke with George Floyd's family
Washington (CNN) Former Vice President Joe Biden said Friday he spoke with the family of George Floyd, the black man who died this week at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis. None of us can any longer, can we hear the words 'I can't breath' and do nothing," Biden said, speaking from his home in Delaware. "The original sin of this country still stains our nation today, and sometimes we manage to overlook it," Biden said. After Floyd's death, a video surfaced showing the 46-year-old handcuffed and on the ground saying, "I can't breathe," as a white police officer holds him down with his knee on Floyd's neck. Four Minneapolis police officers involved in Floyd's death were fired.
From cult to Stanford to stardom: ‘Hollywood Park’ traces an indie rocker’s tumultuous path
But this, we learn in his memoir “Hollywood Park,” was far from the full story of his predicament. In his frank and poignant first book, Jollett tries to capture the path to discovering the forces that shaped him. Dad drifts in and out, visiting from L.A., promising to take his son to visit Hollywood Park, a now-defunct racetrack that serves as a symbol for parental connection and hope against the odds. The second half of “Hollywood Park” chronicles Jollett’s slow climb to emotional stability, thanks to time spent living with his father, dodging his mother’s boyfriends, and music. (The memoir has a companion album, also titled “Hollywood Park.”) Jollett’s epiphany is that he can reconcile his broken self with his artistic one, and in the process become a better brother, son and parent.
Minneapolis death in police custody ignites protests across nation
Fires raged through the night in Minneapolis after demonstrators swarmed a police station that officers had been ordered to abandon as protests intensified in a city rocked by the death of a black man in police custody. The scene came at the end of a day in which protesters in Minnesota and beyond demanded that four now-fired officers be arrested in a case that has generated nationwide outrage. Video captured a white police officer pressing his knee into George Floyd’s neck on Monday as Floyd repeatedly said, “I can’t breathe.” Floyd died.
The arrest of CNN reporters is a sign of American disintegration
ADADThe television camera generally reflects the traditional orientation of screens, capturing the world in the horizontal mode know as “landscape” format. As the CNN crew member was being led away, someone picked up his camera and carried it a few yards before setting it down again. In authoritarian countries, the camera suggests surveillance and the manipulation of truth for ideological ends. It doesn’t just provide a simulacrum of consciousness roving the world; it suggests a larger sense of conscience, too. But it is another epochal moment in the disintegration of American public life, and its consequences could be profound.
Live updates: D.C., Northern Virginia begin gradual reopening, but some businesses remain closed; coronavirus infects 100,000 in region
Mai Ngo, the owner of King Street Souvenirs, placed a few parameters on her first dining experience at an Old Town Alexandria restaurant in months. So when she crossed the street shortly before noon Friday to occupy one of the newly set up tables outside the Warehouse, she ordered crawfish linguine. But we have a choice to live life.”Around her, King Street was stirring to life after months of relative inactivity. A group of city workers walked by, spray-painting the outer boundaries of where Fish Market and other eateries could set up tables. Business at Fish Market and Pop’s plummeted.
Ted Cruz offers a very strained defense of Trump’s social media executive order
https://t.co/ikyFGzqBAy — Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 29, 2020“Jake, CNN can be sued for defamation,” Cruz tweeted at CNN’s Jake Tapper. ADWhen this was pointed out, Cruz suggested that the law required these platforms to be neutral. https://t.co/RSoyqjhSj6 — Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 29, 2020He added later: “Big Tech used to be neutral, allowing free speech. To back up his claim that the law was intended for neutral platforms, Cruz cited explanatory language in Section 230. The best argument against social media companies like Twitter would be that they are somehow violating this requirement that their moderation be in “good faith,” but that’s not the argument Cruz is making.
Anger over George Floyd’s killing ripples far beyond the United States
Progressives took the opportunity to express solidarity with marginalized communities in the United States. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ended a coronavirus news conference on Friday morning by addressing the Canadians who are watching “the news out of the United States with shock and horror.”AD“Racism is real. It’s in the United States, but it’s also in Canada,” he said. In Britain, lawmaker Claudia Webbe urged Britons to “show solidarity” with George Floyd’s community and loved ones in the wake of his death. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an said a “racist and fascist” approach led to Floyd’s killing and called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.
We’re in a pandemic. Why have we stopped talking about Medicare-for-all?
“I do not support Medicare-for-all. I will not support Medicare-for-all,” he announced last week on CNBC. No doubt part of the explanation for the suddenly lowered profile of Medicare-for-all lies in the multifaceted crisis our nation is facing. And, of course, Medicare-for-all champion Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was defeated by Biden in the Democratic primary. Neither Biden or Trump support it.
Taylor Swift to President Trump: ‘We will vote you out in November’
?” Taylor Swift tweeted to her 86 million followers Friday morning, tagging Trump’s Twitter handle. @realdonaldtrump — Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) May 29, 2020Immediately, the shocked social media reactions started pouring in, as it was retweeted more than 100,000 times in an hour. (“Who did Taylor Swift vote for?” was a top Google search at the time.) But now, after multiple years of the Trump presidency, she was ready. When her team pointed out that she could lose half her fan base, or headlines might read “Taylor Swift comes out against Trump,” the singer shot back that it didn’t matter.
Biden says George Floyd’s death is a reminder that America is ‘a country with an open wound’
“The original sin of this country still stains our nation today,” Biden said solemnly. We just push forward with a thousand other tasks in our daily life. And weeks like this, we see it plainly that we’re a country with an open wound.”ADADWithout mentioning him by name, Biden also condemned President Trump over a tweet flagged by Twitter as inciting violence against people protesting Floyd’s killing in Minnesota. It denied him of his very humanity and denied him of his life,” Biden said. ADAs of Thursday afternoon, Trump had not spoken to the family.
Minneapolis Cop Derek Chauvin Arrested In Police Killing Of George Floyd
A white officer has been arrested in the killing of a Black man who pleaded for air as that officer pressed down on his neck. Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was taken into custody Friday by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the state’s Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington said. George Floyd, 46, was killed Monday following an arrest for alleged fraud. Video taken by a bystander shows officer Chauvin pressing his knee into the neck of Floyd, who is restrained on the ground and unarmed. “Get off of his neck!”Floyd was later pronounced dead, sparking protests amid calls for Chauvin and his fellow officers ? who were all present during the incident ? to be charged.
McConnell says officers involved in George Floyd's death 'look pretty darn guilty'
In a written statement later Friday, McConnell said the pair of killings — in addition to that of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia earlier this year — reflect an “unfinished American struggle” against racism. Floyd’s death in police custody has brought Democrats and Republicans together in condemning the actions of the four police officers involved in detaining Floyd, who were all fired. Officer Derek Chauvin was seen on video with his knee on Floyd’s neck as Floyd, 46, was begging for air. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Floyd’s death is being investigated by authorities at all levels of government — local, state and federal.
Rep. Demings slams police killings as a 'stain on our country'
Chauvin and three other officers involved in the Floyd's death have been fired from the Minneapolis Police Department and their actions have been condemned across the political spectrum. None of the officers have yet to face any charges for their roles in Floyd’s death, but the FBI has stepped in to investigate the death as well. This winter, her law enforcement credentials helped her secure a position as a House impeachment manager in the Senate trial of President Donald Trump. But she also demanded more systemic changes to address what she described as a much deeper issue plaguing the country. Members of law enforcement who don’t uphold their oath to protect and serve, she said, “must go.
Connecticut state colleges and universities to reopen in the fall
SEE NEW POSTSConnecticut state colleges and universities to reopen in the fall Connecticut state colleges and universities will reopen their campuses this fall, President Mark Ojakian announced Friday. The system's four universities and 12 community colleges will open its doors to students on August 24, according to a press release. Share this -Iowa pushes to reopen despite 'substantial spread' of COVID19 DES MOINES, Iowa — Despite acknowledging there is still “substantial spread” of COVID-19 in the state, Gov. Bars and distilleries were given the go-ahead to reopen this week and casinos, amusement parks and sporting events can all resume Monday. And on Thursday, another meatpacking plant reported an outbreak: The Tyson plant in Storm Lake is shutting down temporarily after 555 workers tested positive.
Renault is Macron’s problem champion
PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron is hoping to use national and EU financial firepower to rescue crucial companies and bolster their roles as champions — that makes Renault a problem. "The kind of [health] crisis we have just come through has forced us to act," said Renault's Chairman Jean-Dominique Senard at a press conference announcing the restructuring plan. Saving companies like Renault — in which the French state has a 15 percent stake — is part of Macron's post-pandemic vision of building up national and European champions able to do battle on global markets. The government gave Air France a €7 billion bailout, part of which involved assurances that the airline would continue to buy aircraft from Airbus — another industrial champion. The restructuring plan will see Renault cut 15,000 jobs worldwide, and start talks with its unions over what to do about excess production at some of its 14 French plants.
Rev. Al Sharpton: ‘If your obligation as an officer doesn’t kick in, do you have any humanitarian instinct in you?’
After a third night of violent and chaotic demonstrations over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the Reverend Al Sharpton and CEO of Robin Hood Wes Moore join Stephanie Ruhle to discuss the incident, its aftermath, and what will happen next.
North Carolina challenges GOP on no-mask, no-distancing convention
North Carolina's top public health official again pressed Republicans Friday to detail how they would carry out the GOP convention safely — the latest in an intensifying back-and-forth between Democratic state officials and national GOP brass that's put Donald Trump's demand for a massive event in doubt. In a letter to Republicans Friday, North Carolina Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen asked for more information on how the GOP would carry out the late-August event in keeping with CDC guidelines for public gatherings. AdvertisementAmong the questions: how convention officials would enforce social distancing and disinfecting protocols, what precautions would be taken for asymptomatic attendees and how Republicans would test the more than 50,000 people it expects to fill Charlotte’s Spectrum Center arena.
Fed days away from emergency lending to midsized companies
“It’s challenging to get in there but nonetheless get in there we will,” he said. “I can imagine us expanding on either end,” he said. “It’s all about creating a context in which employees, a climate in which employees will have the best chance to either keep their job or go back to their job or ultimately find a new job,” Powell said. The Fed chief also said that the central bank plans to hold the four-year loans to maturity but doesn’t intend to deal directly with borrowers in case of missed payments. “Those are arrangements we’ll work out … in a commercially reasonable way.”
Trump wants 'crowd-like setting,' no face masks on last day of RNC, letter says
SEE NEW POSTSTrump wants 'crowd-like setting,' no face masks on last day of RNC, letter says President Donald Trump wants "a crowd-like setting" on the final day of the Republican National Convention when he gives his acceptance speech, with attendees neither observing social distancing nor wearing face masks, according to a letter from North Carolina's top health official to the Republican National Committee's leadership. Some personal news: On Wednesday I learned I was positive for COVID antibodies following mild symptoms earlier this spring. "My fever went away on its own by mid-April, and it was never recommended that I be tested for the virus," he wrote. And on Thursday, another meatpacking plant reported an outbreak: The Tyson plant in Storm Lake is shutting down temporarily after 555 workers tested positive. Share this -Global coronavirus cases edge closer to 6 million The number of global coronavirus cases edged closer to 6 million on Friday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, and will likely surpass that figure over the weekend.
The 20 best personalized Father's Day gifts
And now, as we enter into summer and turn to Father’s Day gifting and celebrations, we’re likewise paying attention to how the coronavirus is morphing our typical June parties and Father’s Day gift giving. Picture-centric products and gifts for food lovers only scratch the surface of personalized items you can give this Father’s Day. Below, we compiled some of the best personalized Father’s Day gifts to help you find more gift ideas — from engraved Apple products to tasteful coffee subscriptions — that will prove thoughtful and memorable in years to come. In this articleBest personalized Father’s Day giftsFrom the latest iPhone to an iPad or AirPods, gifting an Apple product leaves a lasting impression. It’s one of the best grilling gifts for Father’s Day thanks to the ability to fully customize the product.
'This shouldn't be 'normal' in 2020 America': Obama reacts to George Floyd's death
WASHINGTON — Reacting to the death of George Floyd and the protests in Minneapolis, former President Obama said Friday that the racism being experienced by African Americans and other minorities shouldn’t be considered “normal” in 2020 America. “This shouldn’t be 'normal' in 2020 America," Obama wrote in a post on his official Twitter and Instagram accounts. If we want our children to grow up in a nation that lives up to its highest ideals, we can and must be better." Obama said that it mainly falls on Minnesota officials to investigate the circumstances surrounding Floyd’s death in police custody and that “justice is ultimately done." In his post, Obama did not address the violent protests that have occurred in Minneapolis, which have intensified in the days since Floyd’s death.
Trump forgets a key rule: don't make up discussions with real people
At a White House event yesterday, a reporter asked Donald Trump about his concerns regarding border tensions between India and China. But I can tell you, I did speak to Prime Minister Modi. "There has been no recent contact between PM Modi and President Trump," a government source said. "I was with Prime Minister Modi two weeks ago, and we talked about this subject," the Republican asserted. Once in a while, though, Trump forgets the rule, describes made-up conversations with real people, and is left looking ridiculous.
Sen. Klobuchar responds to claims she didn't prosecute officer in George Floyd's arrest
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., responded to accusations that she declined to prosecute the police officer involved in the death of George Floyd, calling the claims "absolutely false."
Rev. Al Sharpton: 'If your obligation as an officer doesn't kick in, do you have any humanitarian instinct in you?'
The comment is Swift's most overtly political statement to date, as the singer stayed out of partisan politics for most of her career. She was often touted by alt-right conservatives online as the ideal Aryan woman during her political silence. That changed in 2018, after the 30-year-old singer came out against the re-election of Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn. Swift has since made her own views on social issues known through her activism and her music. The president may activate members of the National Guard, but if a president does so federal law prevents the Guard from performing law enforcement duties.
Longer lines for rides, and no parade: Theme parks to open, but will visitors return?
Over the next two months, some of the nation’s biggest theme parks will be opening their gates to the public again. Vacationers should expect an augmented security presence to enforce the policies, said Dennis Speigel, CEO of International Theme Park Services, a global advisory on the theme park business. At Universal’s Orlando parks, guests are encouraged to download an app to cut down on contacts and lines. One person on the Disney Parks Blog remarked: "When I take a vacation, I just want to have fun and enjoy. “Stopping a theme park, and starting a theme park, it’s like a barge on the river,” Speigel told NBC News.
Several police heads across nation condemn force used before Floyd death
SEE NEW POSTSSeveral police heads across nation condemn force used before Floyd death The top brass at several large police departments across the country have decried the use of force seen in the arrest of George Floyd, the black man who died after a white police officer pressed his knee into his neck during an arrest this week. Brown said that Floyd's death was "caused by the unacceptable actions of a police officer." "After stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism your entire presidency, you have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence?" Swift tweeted, tagging Trump with a promise to vote him out in November. The medical examiner's office said Thursday it was still conducting an investigation into the cause of his death.
Amy Klobuchar: Officer Derek Chauvin arrested, in custody 'for the murder of George Floyd'
SEE NEW POSTSPolice officer Derek Chauvin has been arrested and is in custody for the murder of George Floyd. Brown said that Floyd's death was "caused by the unacceptable actions of a police officer." Share this -Taylor Swift slams Trump for 'stoking the fires of white supremacy' Pop star Taylor Swift slammed President Donald Trump for "stoking the fires of white supremacy" Friday after Trump's tweet about shooting protesters in Minneapolis. "After stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism your entire presidency, you have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence?" Swift tweeted, tagging Trump with a promise to vote him out in November.
Minnesota Gov. Walz vows to restore order to Twin Cities rocked by protests, which have at times turned violent
Tim Walz vowed to restore order to the Twin Cities on Friday, a day after crowds torched a police station and looted stores in reaction to the death of George Floyd. "If this would have been executed correctly the state would not lead on this," Walz said. State-backed forced moved into that area between 12:15 a.m. and 3:40 a.m. to restore order, the governor said. “That (the police station fire) was the turning point, where we were prepared and that's where we moved in," Walz said. Protests against police brutality, sparked by Floyd's death, broke out Thursday night in Los Angeles, Denver and New York.
With tourists gone, Amsterdam locals reclaim their city
The shops in the city center were given over to cater to them, selling waffles, souvenirs and cannabis seeds. "PATRICK VAN EMST"/ANP/AFP via Getty ImagesI biked through the red-light district, down its small alleyways and across its narrow bridges. 'More like a community'This photo from April 2017 shows a typical crowded city center street in Amsterdam. Poldervaart is hoping Amsterdammers will visit the city center more often when all restrictions are lifted and tourism returns. "We must take measures to minimize the negative effects of a potentially growing influx of visitors," Udo says.
Traditional conservatives are rethinking their views in light of Covid-19
Subsequent research we published in 2019 affirmed the primacy of Traditional Conservatives' partisan identity. In this new study, we unexpectedly found that many Traditional Conservatives expressed views closer to those of the Exhausted Majority, breaking ranks from their Devoted Conservative allies. Beyond solidarity, Traditional Conservatives' response conveys a growing sense of appreciation for other Americans. nurses, police, grocery staff) Traditional Conservatives expressed gratitude at or above the national average for 9 out of 12 groups. Traditional Conservatives still express many views similar to those of the Devoted Conservatives -- 42% of Traditional Conservatives and 64% of Devoted Conservatives are "much more frustrated" with journalists and reporters now than before the onset of the virus, for example.
Trump's new executive order is as phony as his Twitter feed
One would have thought the US was on the verge of an invasion by North Korean or Chinese hackers hellbent on shutting down the American press. Mr. Trump was issuing an executive order which could restrain freedom of speech under the First Amendment because Twitter flagged two of his tweets for being "potentially misleading." Followers of Mr. Trump's Twitter feed for the first time in over 42,000 tweets issued by Mr. Trump between May 2009 and May 29, 2020, were warned that this claim was "potentially misleading." A compilation of Trump insults complete with exotic graphs demonstrating the frequent use of insults on multiple targets can be found at the Post. Twitter has passed up far more promising unsubstantiated, fraudulent, and patently false statements in the Twitter treasure trove of Trumpian lies.
Avoiding a bummer summer: Dr. Sanjay Gupta's coronavirus podcast for May 29
Gupta: When I think "summer" I think of kids' laughter, splashing in the pool, backyard cookouts, kids at camp. Gupta: While many summer camps and activities are shutting down, others are adapting and offering alternatives. And, you know, I know I'm not sure that they were that happy with all these various activities. And they kept thinking "I'm bored, I'm bored, I'm bored." Personally, I'm going to try and soak up all the extra time I have with my daughters, and try to make it a time they will remember.
In calling for 'peace' Melania Trump strikes different tone than the President
"Our country allows for peaceful protests, but there is no reason for violence," tweeted Trump. My deepest condolences to the family of George Floyd. The first lady's message notes a marked difference from the sentiments of President Donald Trump , whose late-night tweet suggested he would condone violence against looters. "These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won't let that happen," he tweeted. The tone of her tweet also differed from the one posted hours earlier by the President.
Obama on death of George Floyd: 'This shouldn't be 'normal' in 2020 America'
(CNN) Former President Barack Obama on Friday said the death of a black man, George Floyd, in police custody, "shouldn't be 'normal' in 2020 America." "It can't be 'normal.' Obama said it will mainly fall on officials in Minnesota to ensure Floyd's death is fully investigated "and that justice is ultimately done." A video surfaced afterward showing Floyd handcuffed and on the ground saying, "I can't breathe," as a white police officer holds him down with his knee on Floyd's neck. Four Minneapolis police officers involved in Floyd's death were fired, but Floyd's family wants them to be charged with murder.
Protesting Russian journalists charged with violating lockdown laws
Moscow (CNN) Several prominent Russian journalists have been charged with violating laws on protesting and social distancing, after being temporarily detained on Thursday in Moscow. They had been holding separate solo demonstrations in support of a jailed colleague, according to statements from their employers. The detentions sparked outrage among local journalists and activists who argue that solo demonstrations are not forbidden by law and accuse local authorities for using the coronavirus lockdown as a suppression tool. All detainees have been charged with violating laws on protesting and six have also been charged with breaking the self-isolation restrictions, which could result in fines or jail time. The journalists had been protesting the arrest of Ilya Azar, a prominent journalist and activist in Russia.
What it’s like to be a female truck driver during coronavirus
Indeed, the coronavirus outbreak poses threats to all trucker drivers. “This pandemic has made it much harder for drivers to do their job, yet they’re out there on the front line,” says Ellen Voie, chair executive and president of the Women in Trucking Association. There are myriad hardships, Voie says: drivers not being able to access restrooms at distribution facilities and rest stops, or not being able to source essentials like masks and cleaning supplies. Finding food is also an issue, because many restaurants are closed and trucks aren’t able to fit in drive-throughs. The American Trucking Associations has been sending supplies like masks and hand sanitizer to drivers and trying to ensure they can work safely through shelter-in-place orders and 14-day quarantines while crossing state lines.
As states start to reopen, here’s where people are going
But while individual state data can be sketchy, the overall trend is clearly upward, and we removed a few major outliers when possible. Movie theater chainsEven in states that have allowed theaters to reopen, most owners have kept their projectors dark. With most indoor theaters closed, however, some of the country’s roughly 300 drive-in theaters are stealing the show. The raw numbers fluctuate from day to day and county to county, and some counties have far fewer devices than others. To account for these challenges, we adjusted the device counts based on population and performed a multilevel regression using a random effects model on the county, state and national levels.
Strong to locally severe thunderstorms possible in the D.C. area on Friday
Strong to severe thunderstorms are possible across the Washington region on Friday, as this model simulation shows. (Pivotal Weather)Scattered strong to severe thunderstorms are likely Friday afternoon and evening across the Washington area as a cold front advances into a warm and humid air mass. Storm risk at a glanceA glance at one model's simulation of strong to severe thunderstorms in the Washington area on Friday. The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center's map of anticipated severe weather risk on Friday. The one mitigating factor for severe storms is the late-day timing suggested by the models.
Live updates: D.C., Northern Virginia begin gradual reopening, but some businesses remain closed; coronavirus infects 100,000 in region
One of the first calls Gregory Dyson made when he learned earlier this week that the District would begin reopening Friday was to Robbie Mason. Dyson, 62, lives in Olney but makes the haul to Mason’s every couple of weeks to get a trim. They can get their hair cut and just release all that depression and anxiety.”While the coronavirus dominated the conversation among the barbers and customers, not everyone fretted about it. Sitting in a fold-up chair on the sidewalk in front of Mason’s, 93-year-old William Outlaw waited for his appointment. He just wanted his hair cut.
Virtual offseason prepares Redskins to return, whenever that might be
Position meetings, two hours per day, four days per week, have become a sort of participatory Wild West outside the timeworn rooms at Redskins Park. Punter Tress Way recently told NBC Sports Washington that a coach will start a meeting by telling players to put their microphones on mute. “That is kind of good because you can, in essence, keep an eye on the guys, and you can tell who is locked in.”ADADThis is the NFL’s virtual offseason. The Buffalo Bills had their players share a story from their lives to start each meeting. Another, held by Redskins Coach Ron Rivera, is that it is.
Overwatch League teams speak out in wake of George Floyd’s death
“It is irresponsible not to speak up while innocent people face insufferable discrimination each day.”The Valiant, run by Immortals Gaming Club, was the first Overwatch League (OWL) team to publicly condemn Floyd’s death. ADADMax Bass, the marketing director for the Immortals who led the internal effort to publish the Valiant’s statement, said they didn’t consider whether other organizations had already said something about Floyd’s death. He was not aware of “any note or email” from the OWL regarding Floyd’s death and the ensuing protests against police brutality. Optic Gaming, Valiant’s partner team in the Call of Duty League, published similar remarks on Wednesday: “George Floyd should be alive today,” they wrote. The Florida Mayhem and the Washington Justice, two other OWL teams, have both released their own statements regarding Floyd’s death.
Former Terps guard Varun Ram is helping coronavirus patients stay connected to loved ones
Singh works with Ram at Deloitte and Sandhu is a senior at Princeton. ADAD“Without support, it makes recovery that more difficult and painful,” Ram said. With a generous donation from Princeton, Connect for Covid focused its early efforts in New Jersey, one of the states hardest hit by the disease. The group has since raised more than $45,000 and donated more than 500 new and used smart devices to roughly 150 health care facilities across the United States. He plans to apply to business school in the fall with an eye toward a career in the digital health space.
Forecast calls for 50-50 chance weather will permit historic SpaceX launch on Saturday
This is a slight improvement over Wednesday’s forecast, which assigned a 60 percent chance of unfavorable weather. The rocket launch will send astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft to the Space Station. (National Weather Service)The National Weather Service in Melbourne, Fla. forecasts a 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms Saturday in Cape Canaveral, and a 50 percent chance Sunday. The weekend launch could be aborted if any of a dozen weather rules are violated for various cloud, wind and precipitation scenarios. During the Apollo 12 launch, the Saturn V rocket was struck by lightning twice, causing damage to some nonessential components.
U.S. stocks turn lower as investors await word of China from Trump
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Amy Cooper, 'Mrs. America,' and the many postures of white female entitlement.
ADADIt’s a quiet filler scene, but it subtly conveys a lot about white women and privilege. Amy specifying Christian’s blackness seemed to be strategy, based on the idea that a black man would automatically be considered uniquely dangerous and a white woman uniquely credible. Above black men, yet, according to insidious stereotypes, vulnerable to them; below white men, yet symbolically precious to them. America” was how often it explored the nuances of hierarchy: how white women gained access to power via their access to white men, how that power is poisoned and poisonous. The police don’t exist only protect white women, and they don’t only pose a threat to black men.
A Corona Corps could fight the virus — and youth unemployment
I propose a United States Corona Corps: an organization in the long tradition of youth service, from Mormon missionaries to Teach for America to the Peace Corps, but one laser-focused on the crisis at hand. ADADEnter the Corona Corps: a volunteer army of 18- to 24-year-olds, trained and equipped to fight the virus — and reshape the trajectory of their own lives. The government-funded Corona Corps would pay their costs and a modest wage, say $2,500 a month. The Corona Corps could provide it. A Corona Corps would not be cheap: 180,000 members at, I estimate, $60,000 each for compensation, training and support would cost nearly $11 billion.
How to taste wine — and have fun with it
Books have been written about how to “taste” wine. As the wine fills your mouth, swish it around a bit over your tongue, to make sure all your taste buds have a chance at it. ADBalance is essentially the interplay of tart acidity, sweet fruitiness and (in red wines at least) astringent tannin. If your wine-loving friend smiles and falls silent after taking a sip, that’s why. ADI was reminded of the importance of texture during a recent online tasting of three Virginia red wines led by blogger Frank Morgan as part of his Virginia Wine Chat series.
Anything to get reelected: Trump once more stokes violence
It was bad enough when candidate Trump glorified violence, but his false bravado continued well into his presidency. Now in the midst of violent protests in response to the horrifying, unjustified police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Trump is at it again. The Post reports, “President Trump called the protesters ‘THUGS,’ while suggesting military intervention and warning in a tweet that there could be additional violence if the chaos continued. But he is calling for violence against American citizens during a moment of pain for so many. — Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) May 29, 2020Trump is intentionally fomenting racial violence as a means of whipping up his base, a segment of which has always been motivated by white grievance.
These Athletes Had the Coronavirus. Will They Ever Be the Same?
These Athletes Had the Coronavirus. Von Miller of the Denver Broncos called the disease a “surreal” experience and said he struggled at first to workout. Other athletes have endured lingering lung and other health issues. Tsang Yee-ting, left, a karateka for Hong Kong, worried about regaining her form. Credit... Nora Tam/South China Morning Post, via Getty Images
A Trump vs. Twitter Week
This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. If I went back in time to describe this week on the internet to the 2015 version of myself, I wouldn’t have believed it.
Protests in Minnesota Renew Scrutiny of Klobuchar’s Record as Prosecutor
Amy Klobuchar served as the Hennepin County, Minn., prosecutor before being elected to the Senate in 2006.Credit... T.J. Kirkpatrick for The New York Times
Taylor Swift Slams Trump For 'Stoking' Fires Of 'White Supremacy And Racism'
The city of Minneapolis has seen days of demonstrations after the death of George Floyd , a Black man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck. Thursday night’s actions saw a local police station set aflame and mass looting across the city. The singer tweeted her impassioned message at Trump in response to his missives on Thursday night. “These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. The warning marked the second time this week that one of Trump’s tweets had been labeled as such by the platform.
This 1968 Film Put Drag Queens In The Spotlight Before Stonewall
Frank Simon’s documentary follows the drag contestants of 1967’s Miss All-American Camp Beauty Pageant, capturing plenty of on- and offstage drama along the way. But at the time “The Queen” was produced, dressing in drag was a felony across much of America. That meant pageant contestants like Flawless Sabrina, Harlow and Crystal LaBeija could only embrace their art form in secret. As provocative as “The Queen” may be, Baume believes the documentary is just as telling in what it chooses to omit. Though the Miss All-American Camp Beauty Pageant drew contestants of all races, the film gives only scant attention to people of color.
Biden condemns Trump for 'calling for violence against American citizens'
Biden said he would not give Trump’s tweet “amplification" by sharing it. “But he is calling for violence against American citizens during a moment of pain for so many. He was quickly released and back on CNN’s air less than 90 minutes later. He was left motionless by the officer's actions, was carried away on a gurney and later died. “This is not abstract: a black reporter was arrested while doing his job this morning, while the white police officer who killed George Floyd remains free,” Biden said.
Key House panels to interview State Department officials in probe of fired watchdog
The new investigation hearkens to the impeachment inquiry launched by the House Intelligence Committee, in conjunction with the Oversight and Foreign Affairs Committee. At the time, the panels called a similar list of high-ranking State Department and Trump administration officials to investigate whether Trump had abused his power by pressuring Ukraine to probe his Democratic rivals. It's unclear where the transcribed interviews will take place or whether the panels will issue subpoenas to compel testimony for any witness who refuses to appear voluntarily. But the committees say they intend to release public transcripts of the interviews "as quickly as possible." After Trump removed Linick, reports revealed that the watchdog was reviewing whether Pompeo had relied on taxpayer-funded aides to do household chores for him and his wife.
I'm An Angry Black Woman. This Is What I Want White People To Know.
I’m sharing as much love as I can, appreciating the support, but I know everyone has to do this work for themselves. So if you are a white person looking at a Black person like, How do I join the fight? If you’re thinking, “I’m not racist, I’m not prejudiced, I’m not biased.” You are. But if I thought that way about my own people, how much more does a white person in a white American family feel about my people? If you want this to stop happening and you’re white, this is your fight too.
Several police heads across nation condemn force used before Floyd death
Brown said that Floyd's death was "caused by the unacceptable actions of a police officer." The police commissioners of New York City and Philadelphia also criticized the actions that preceded Floyd's death. Full coverage of George Floyd's death and protests around the countryThree San Francisco Bay Area police unions also were among those criticizing the use of force. Floyd's death, and the video, has sparked outrage and protests across the country. New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said in a statement: "What we saw in Minnesota was deeply disturbing.
Sen. Casey tests positive for coronavirus antibodies
SEE NEW POSTSSen. Casey tests positive for coronavirus antibodies Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., said Friday that he has tested positive for coronavirus antibodies after experiencing "low-grade fever and some mild flu-like symptoms" earlier this spring, adding that he would be donating plasma to help others fight the virus. Some personal news: On Wednesday I learned I was positive for COVID antibodies following mild symptoms earlier this spring. And on Thursday, another meatpacking plant reported an outbreak: The Tyson plant in Storm Lake is shutting down temporarily after 555 workers tested positive. Animals steal coronavirus blood samples in India A troop of monkeys in India have attacked a medical official and snatched away blood samples of patients who had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, authorities said on Friday. Share this -Global coronavirus cases edge closer to 6 million The number of global coronavirus cases edged closer to 6 million on Friday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, and will likely surpass that figure over the weekend.
Friday's Campaign Round-Up, 5.29.20
* In a bit of a surprise, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D) of Nevada withdrew from consideration for her party's vice presidential nomination. The senator added, however, that she supports Joe Biden's candidacy "100%" and she'll "work tirelessly to help get him elected this November." * Despite the White House's campaign against voting by mail, we can add Kellyanne Conway and RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel to the list of Team Trump members who've apparently voted by mail. Convention organizers reportedly want a definitive answer from the governor's office by June 3. * Republican Voters Against Trump, a newly formed organization, is reportedly prepared to invest $10 million into efforts to persuade GOP voters to vote against the president.
Minnesota governor apologizes and takes 'full responsibility' for arrest of CNN reporter
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz apologized for the arrest of a CNN reporter and their team who were reporting on the protests over the death of George Floyd. The governor said he was in contact with the president of CNN over the arrest and takes "full responsibility."
Minnesota Governor calls for end to 'recklessness' of George Floyd protests
Minnesota Governor Tom Walz said at a news conference that the state needs to restore order and stop “the looting and the recklessness” before addressing the controversy surrounding George Floyd’s death in police custody.
George Floyd’s Murder Shows Once More That We Cannot Wait For White America to End Racism
In another a black woman wearing her mask ran frantically between parked cars as policemen with automatic weapons prepared to shoot rubber bullets. I watched the Floyd video and completely lost it. We need the video footage to convince white America that what is happening to us is real. George Floyd’s death, along with Breonna Taylor’s and Ahmaud Arbery’s, bring into full view the terror and trauma that shadow Black people experiences in this country. In fact, terror, trauma, and coronavirus are knotted together like thick briar bush with thorns.
Gay spouses entitled to Social Security survivors benefits, court rules
Following a request for comment, the Social Security Administration referred NBC News to the Department of Justice, which did not immediately respond. In 2020, over 65 million Americans will receive over $1 trillion in benefits from the Social Security Administration, according to the agency. While there are no estimates available for the number of gay surviving spouses who will benefit from this week's ruling, survivors benefits account for over 12 percent of SSA benefits paid. “I think I’m going to be around another 20 years, and this gives me that security that I won’t end up on the streets,” he said of the Social Security benefits he’s now entitled to. Renn emphasized that Social Security benefits are “benefits we all pay for.”“This is tethered to your earning history,” he said.
Latino group backs Democrats who could make history, boost Hispanic voter turnout
Ricky Hurtado, running as a Democratic candidate for the North Carolina state House District 63, would be the first Latino elected to the state House. Eligible Latino voters make up about 4.4 percent, or 338,000 people, of North Carolina’s eligible voters, and 5.3 percent, or 521,000, of Pennsylvania’s electorate. “Down-ballot races are key mobilizers for Latino voters,” Latino Victory Fund president and CEO Nathalie Rayes said in a statement. Andre Del Valle, 27, is a candidate for Pennsylvania state House District 175 in Tuesday's primary. Guzman is in a five-way primary that includes other Latino candidates.
How to turn your daily walk into a workout — or a meditation
Stanten and Santos share how to turn your socially distanced walks into a workout or a meditative experience. Walk fast for 30 seconds or one block and walk slower for 60 seconds or two blocks,” Stanten says. Walk fast for 30 seconds or one block and walk slower for 60 seconds or two blocks,” Stanten says. How to take a meditative walk to reduce stressSantos shares tips to make your walk more mindful:Be mindful of your surroundings. Avoid going on autopilot during your walk, Santos says.
For the first time, a third named storm could form before the start of hurricane season
(CNN) A storm system in the Atlantic could become the third named tropical system of the year -- all before the official start of hurricane season. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is giving the complex of thunderstorms a 50% chance of becoming a subtropical depression over the next 48 hours. The system was several hundred miles east-southeast of Bermuda, the NHC said Friday morning. "If this area of storms over the Atlantic can get better organized over the next 24 to 48 hours, it could be our third tropical system of the Atlantic hurricane season," CNN meteorologist Haley Brink says.
Barack Obama on George Floyd's death: 'This shouldn't be 'normal' in 2020 America'
That changed in 2018, after the 30-year-old singer came out against the re-election of Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn. Swift has since made her own views on social issues known through her activism and her music. The medical examiner's office said Thursday it was still conducting an investigation into the cause of his death. Share this -What state charges could be brought in George Floyd's death? State prosecutors have several options to charge police officers in the State of Minnesota in deadly use of force incidents, like the type of incident that led to the death of George Floyd.
Taylor Swift slams Trump for 'stoking the fires of white supremacy'
SEE NEW POSTSTaylor Swift slams Trump for 'stoking the fires of white supremacy' Pop star Taylor Swift slammed President Donald Trump for "stoking the fires of white supremacy" Friday after Trump's tweet about shooting protesters in Minneapolis. "After stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism your entire presidency, you have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence?" Swift tweeted, tagging Trump with a promise to vote him out in November. Swift has since made her own views on social issues known through her activism and her music. After stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism your entire presidency, you have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence?
Minnesota governor apologizes and takes 'full responsibility' for arrest of CNN reporter
Five-hundred members of the Minnesota National Guard have been activated, but they are under the governor's control, and the president had no role in activating them. The president may activate members of the National Guard, but if a president does so federal law prevents the Guard from performing law enforcement duties. As of Friday morning, the Defense Department had no request to send active duty, federalized troops to Minnesota, according to four defense officials. Share this -What state charges could be brought in George Floyd's death? The former vice president said that he planned to speak about the events in Minneapolis later in the day Friday.
Asian American and Pacific Islanders who worked for Obama endorse Biden
Twenty Asian American and Pacific Islanders who served in the Obama administration announced their endorsement Friday of former Vice President Joe Biden, the apparent Democratic presidential nominee. Among those declaring their support in a joint statement shared first with NBC Asian America were former Deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu; the former executive director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Kiran Ahuja; and Dr. Tung Nguyen, chair of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. “He has a deep appreciation for the contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and a keen understanding of the challenges still facing the AAPI community. The ad prompted criticisms from many Asian Americans who said such messages could put those in the community in harm’s way. There are the Asian American and Pacific Islanders who served in the Obama administration and have endorsed Biden:The Morning Rundown Get a head start on the morning's top stories.
No, Trump has not sent troops to Minnesota
SEE NEW POSTSNo, Trump has not sent troops to Minnesota Overnight via Twitter, President Donald Trump seemed to float the idea of sending the military to Minnesota, and then noted Friday morning that members of the Minnesota National Guard were now "on the seen (sic)." Five-hundred members of the Minnesota National Guard have been activated, but they are under the governor's control, and the president had no role in activating them. As of Friday morning, the Defense Department had no request to send active duty, federalized troops to Minnesota, according to four defense officials. State prosecutors have several options to charge police officers in the State of Minnesota in deadly use of force incidents, like the type of incident that led to the death of George Floyd. Share this -Join us today at the Justice Rally in Honor of George Floyd at 1:00 PM pic.twitter.com/qidUkivBDW — Minneapolis NAACP (@NAACPmpls) May 29, 2020 Share this -
Madonna posted a video tribute to George Floyd, and it didn't go down well
(CNN) Amid the widespread outrage over the death of Minneapolis security guard George Floyd, Madonna is coming under fire for a social media misstep. As anger grew at footage showing a police officer kneeling on Floyd's neck as he died, the singer Thursday tweeted a two-minute clip of her son, David Banda, dancing to Michael Jackson's song "They Don't Care About Us." Brutal murder travels around the world my son David Dances to honor and pay tribute to George and His Family and all Acts of Racism and Discrimination that happen on a daily basis in America. #davidbanda #JusticeforGeorgeFloyd #MichaelJackson pic.twitter.com/wLa6YKrYF1 — Madonna (@Madonna) May 28, 2020But the hitmaker was mocked by several commentators for an insensitive response to the story, which has sparked protests in a number of major cities. Unforced errors among public figures have been rampant this month," wrote April Reign, the creator of the #OscarsSoWhite campaign.
Lady Gaga releases highly anticipated new album 'Chromatica'
(CNN) It's finally here! Lady Gaga released her new album, "Chromatica" on Friday, much to the excitement of her fans. Gaga took to Instagram to post a video of herself dancing to the song, "911" from her new work. The 16-track album features an array of dance anthems, one could say Gaga is returning to her dance floor roots. "Chromatica" was initially scheduled for release on April 10, but Gaga announced in March that she was postponing its debut due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Weather will likely make the historic SpaceX launch come down to the wire, once again
But t he 45th Space Wing Weather Squadron says the odds are once again the same as a coin flip. The primary concerns Saturday are that rain or even thunderstorms could form near the launch site, the Weather Squadron said. But the weather squadron says the tropical development possible over the next few days will stay well east over the open Atlantic. Launch weather officers must be "clear and convinced" that no NASA "criteria are violated in order to give the weather GO call for launch," the 45th Space Wing Weather Squadron states. The weather squadron also has to monitor the weather downrange because if the Crew Dragon capsule encounters a problem, it needs to have a safe splashdown location.
Zuckerberg silent as Trump uses Facebook and Instagram to threaten 'looting' will lead to 'shooting'
But two years later, Zuckerberg and Facebook are still struggling with their responsibilities and how to handle one of their most famous users: President Donald Trump. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. His phrase "when the looting starts, the shooting starts," mirrors language used by a Miami police chief in the late 1960s in the wake of riots. Its use was immediately condemned by a wide array of individuals, from historians to members of rival political campaigns. Former Vice President and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden said Trump was "calling for violence against American citizens during a moment of pain for so many."
Nick Offerman will donate proceeds of his comedy specials to America's Food Fund
(CNN) Nick Offerman wants to help keep people fed during the coronavirus pandemic. The actor and comedian announced on his website that he will donate all of the proceeds from sales of three of his comedy specials to America's Food Fund. The specials include a new one titled "Full Bush," which was filmed at the Chicago Theater. Fans can also purchase "Summer of '69: No Apostrophe," a 2019 collaboration with his wife, Megan Mullally, and 2014's "American Ham," filmed at New York's Town Hall. All three are available for $5 to rent or $11 or $11.99 to buy.
'Space Force' review: Steve Carell stars in a Netflix spoof that never achieves liftoff
(CNN) Reuniting Steve Carell and "The Office" producer Greg Daniels, "Space Force" carries such an impressive payload -- from the star-heavy cast to the concept -- it's a shame the actual show isn't better. As is, this too-broad parody has sporadic moments but consistently feels like it's trying way too hard to achieve liftoff, like an "Airplane!" A starched military man, Naird regularly clashes with his chief scientist Dr. Adrian Mallory (John Malkovich, doing what feels like an impersonation of John Malkovich), an eccentric voice of reason amid all the insanity. The main problem with "Space Force" is that it's so intent on approaching everything with an exaggerated arched eyebrow there's scant substance upon which to hang one's helmet. In that regard, it bears a considerable resemblance to "Avenue 5," HBO's star-spanning satire about a cruise ship in space, which exhibits many of the same over-the-top, too-cute-for-its-own good excesses.
Juice Wrld's new posthumous song released
(CNN) More music has been released by Juice Wrld. On Thursday, his collaboration with Trippie Redd, "Tell Me U Luv Me," was released. This new single comes weeks after his first posthumous solo single "Righteous" was released. In a statement his family released on his verified Instagram account when that song dropped, the artist's loved ones reflected on the process of sharing his music after his death.
What you need to know about coronavirus on Friday, May 29
A version of this story appeared in the May 29 edition of CNN's Coronavirus: Fact vs. Fiction newsletter. Without taking proper precautions to keep the coronavirus in check, returning to normal life could trigger new outbreaks that swiftly spiral out of control, experts have warned. Authorities in the capital, Seoul, have had to reverse a reopening of schools, museums, theaters and parks, rushing to contain a rebound in cases. Sao Paulo , home to Brazil's biggest financial hub, will allow businesses to resume, despite a new record number of cases reported nationwide. The Philippines is also opening back up, with residents in the capital, Manila, enjoying free movement, amid the biggest daily spike in cases since the pandemic began.
Kayleigh McEnany just accidentally revealed the key difference between the media and the Trump White House
"In 2017, your network, CNN, botched their WikiLeaks email exclusive and were forced to make on-air corrections," McEnany scolded Acosta. Because CNN is a big news organization that is ultimately just a lot of people trying to get it right. Now, contrast that approach to how President Trump and the White House operate. So, how many times has Trump -- or a member of his senior staff -- admitted they simply got something wrong? It's that the White House doesn't understand that journalists' willingness to publicly acknowledge their mistakes is a sign of strength, not weakness.
WWII aircraft buried by sand discovered on English beach after 76 years
(CNN) A British couple have found the wreckage of a crashed World War II fighter jet, believed to be a Bristol Beaufighter TF.X aircraft, on a beach in northeastern England. Debi Hartley and her partner discovered the wreckage on Monday while walking with their dog, Bonnie. The couple did not initially realize what the wreckage was, and spent 45 minutes exploring it and taking photographs before identifying it, Hartley told CNN. After they returned home to begin researching it they discovered the plane dated back to World War II. The couple spent 45 minutes studying the wreckage before realizing it was a crashed plane.
Germany to reintroduce military rabbis for the first time since 1930s
(CNN) Germany is reintroducing rabbis into its military for the first time since the Nazis banned them from the armed forces in the 1930s. The German Parliament rubber-stamped the law reestablishing the official position of military rabbi on Thursday in what was the first expansion of the law on military pastoral care since 1957. Military rabbis were part of the German armed forces during World War I, when around 100,000 Jewish soldiers fought for the country. They were banned shortly after Adolf Hitler assumed power in 1933, as part of the Nazi's early efforts to remove Jews from the public life. The German military has admitted recently it has a problem with extremism within its ranks .
Carlos Arroyo Isn't Setting Up Stars Anymore—He Is One
Carlos Arroyo was a good basketball player. But Arroyo, it turns out, has another talent: He happens to be one of the biggest reggaeton stars in the world. "He'd say, 'You're not listening to songs with lyrics like that,'" Arroyo said. "I'm hoping this is just the beginning of a great year of music," Arroyo said. "Even though in my head I can still hear my dad yelling to turn it down," Arroyo said.
Minnesota governor takes 'full responsibility' for arrest of CNN crew: 'The issue here is trust'
Washington (CNN) Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz apologized Friday and took responsibility for the arrest of a CNN crew that was covering the protests over the death of George Floyd. The issue here is trust," Walz said during a press conference Friday. Walz said there was "absolutely no reason something like this should happen," adding that he takes "full responsibility" for the incident. CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez, producer Bill Kirkos and photojournalist Leonel Mendez were arrested Friday morning while giving a live television report on the protests.
A woman kept her grandmother's body hidden in a basement freezer for 16 years in social security scheme, police say
(CNN) Last year, police in Pennsylvania found old human remains in a freezer. Now, an investigation has concluded that it was all part of a scam to collect social security checks. Pennsylvania State Police first found the remains in February 2019, in a house in Dillsburg, according to a news release from the police . Black reported that she found her grandmother's body in their Ardmore home in 2004, and told police her family needed the income Delahay received from social security, according to the police affidavit obtained by CNN. She put Delahay's remains in a freezer, that was kept in the basement of the Ardmore home, police said.
Roger Federer Tops Forbes' 2020 Highest-Paid Athlete List over Messi, Ronaldo
RODGER BOSCH/Getty ImagesTennis legend Roger Federer topped Forbes' 2020 list of the world's highest-paid athletes with $106.3 million in total earnings from salary, winnings and endorsements. Federer, who ranked fifth on last year's list, leapfrogged soccer superstars Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar, along with boxer Canelo Alvarez, to take the No. "We feel the greatest impact of Roger Federer is yet to come," Uniqlo head of global creative John Jay told Kurt Badenhausen of Forbes. The Toronto Maple Leafs' Mitch Marner had the highest base salary for the 2019-20 NHL season at $16 million, per CapFriendly. Meanwhile, Naomi Osaka posted the highest single-year earnings for a female athlete in the history of Forbes' tracking at $37.4 million.
As restaurants reopen, here’s what you should know about air conditioning, air flow and the coronavirus
“The more obstruction for natural air movement, the less flushed-out the air is going to be,” he says. Scientists caution that the study documents a single incident and note that the restaurant’s air conditioning system was very different from those used by U.S. restaurants. As they reopen dining rooms, some restaurants have touted their filtration or air “scrubbing” systems along with other measures meant to stop the virus’s spread. If you do decide to dine inside a restaurant, Lo suggests nabbing a seat by an open window if there is one; that’s the next-best thing to being outdoors. Barring that, seek out a table that is near the AC register or vent where air is being pumped in and diffused around the space — that’s where you’ll find the most fresh air, Lo advises.
George Floyd’s death shows exactly what police should not do
First, the “prone” position Floyd was placed in — face down with his hands behind his back — is intended to be a temporary position to put someone in handcuffs and possibly search for weapons. In this case, one officer — identified by local media outlets as Derek Chauvin — kept his shin across Floyd’s neck the entire time. Floyd’s death was a foreseeable consequence of the officers’ actions. The litany of problems in this case suggests that the officers were either shockingly incompetent or disturbingly indifferent to proper police procedure. Floyd’s death is likely to reinforce the perception that police officers are not members of the community but are rather an adversarial, occupying force.
Q&A with David Byrne: How the musician is passing the time during the pandemic
I have enough to eat, paying my bills and that kind of stuff. This kind of makes them pause, obviously, for a bit and ask what are the things that are really important to me? I want to make sure I remember that and hold onto it and not necessarily go back to the way things were, in every respect. ADADA: That’s kind of what I was talking about earlier: when you wake up in the morning and you know that you’re not going to have any kind of human group experience. So we distance bike ride well, you know, often wearing our masks and all that kind of stuff.
D.C. cuts speed limit to 20 mph to curb pedestrian deaths
The 25 mph speed limit has been in effect in the city for decades — at least since the ’70s. Efforts include lowering default speed limits in major corridors and creating slow-driving zones in areas with heavy pedestrian traffic. ADADIn December, Seattle announced it was lowering speed limits on all high-traveled arterials to 25 mph, after a deadly year on the streets. New York City dropped its default speed to 25 mph from 30 mph in 2014, also targeting a reduction in pedestrian deaths. Alexandria lowered the default speed limit in some neighborhoods by 10 mph in 2016 to 25 mph.
As sports return, at-risk athletes may face ‘heavy decision’ on whether to play
Liu said athletes would need to take into account what sport they play, whether its indoors and what protocols are in place. AD“If I can play and it’s safe, I’m going to play,” Alexander said. Professional athletes, almost by rule, will choose to play in the face of physical harm if allowed. Nance said he desperately wants to return to play, but only after he feels assured the conditions will be safe. AD“Making half of your salary because someone else told you you had to put your body at risk, that’s a decision that needs to be made beforehand,” Herzlich said.
European government officials call for tech companies to loosen grip on contact tracing tech
Public health officials have also urged Apple and Google to allow more access to the smartphone operating systems for the purposes of contact tracing. If they test positive, public health officials can ask the patient for access to the data so they can trace where the disease might have spread. Apple, for instance, has told public health officials developing contact tracing apps that they can’t have full access to bluetooth because it would drain battery life and create privacy concerns. Officials in Singapore, the U.K., Canada and the U.S. have said contact tracing apps developed in those countries have not worked properly because the phones cannot access the Bluetooth antenna often enough. That would help public health officials determine who else might have been exposed.
Trump just said what Republicans have been trying not to say for years: that allowing more voting will mean Republicans lose
President Trump, continuing his recent jeremiad against mail-in voting on Thursday, was unabashed in explaining the motivation for his opposition to the practice. IT WILL ALSO LEAD TO THE END OF OUR GREAT REPUBLICAN PARTY. In other words, that mail-in voting will lead to rampant fraud, which will mean that Republicans lose. Regardless, this idea that Trump is simply saying that fraud will cost Republicans votes isn’t actually what he’s saying. ADWhile the current situation is obviously unprecedented, research suggests that Trump’s concern is unfounded and that Republicans won’t necessarily suffer electorally if mail-in voting is expanded.
The Daily 202: Violent Minneapolis protests give Trump a chance to be the law-and-order candidate he ran as in 2016
with Mariana AlfaroAs Minneapolis burned, including a police department precinct headquarters, President Trump tweeted at 1 a.m. on Friday that he had just called Minnesota Gov. Trump described himself as the “law and order” candidate four times as he accepted the Republican presidential nomination at his adopted party’s convention in Cleveland in 2016. The driver then circled back around to ram into the protester, who fell to the pavement before getting back up. Denver police spokesman Kurt Barnes said no arrests have been made in either the shooting or the apparent hit-and-run. The federal response to the coronavirusThe Trump administration initially dispensed scarce doses of remdesivir to hospitals that didn’t need it.
When American conservatism becomes un-American
Vermeule’s “common-good constitutionalism” is Christian authoritarianism — muscular paternalism, with government enforcing social solidarity for religious reasons. This is the Constitution minus the Framers’ purpose: a regime respectful of individuals’ diverse notions of the life worth living. Vermeule is not the only American conservative feeling the allure of tyranny. Like the American leftists who made pilgrimages to Fidel Castro’s Cuba, some self-styled conservatives today turn their lonely eyes to Viktor Orban, destroyer of Hungary’s democracy. Rather, it is that American conservatism, when severed from the Enlightenment and its finest result, the American Founding, becomes spectacularly unreasonable and literally un-American.
Human Rights Watch calls for Tulsa Race Massacre reparations a century after violence
Human Rights Watch argued that beyond the physical destruction, the state and city government created polices of structural racism that kept black people in Tulsa from prospering. “Reparations are the right thing to do, and the city of Tulsa and state of Oklahoma have the power to repair a century of harm.”A spokesperson for Tulsa’s mayor, G.T. Troops rounded up black survivors and detained them in camps throughout the city. Robert Turner, pastor of the historic Vernon AME Church where black people hid during the massacre, said, “Reparations should look like justice. Meanwhile, we have compensated other parts of this state for mass terror — the Oklahoma City bombing.
Police pointed guns at a man and his grandmother, video shows. They claim he ran a stop sign.
“Do y’all not see how many black people are getting shot?”Police wanted Anders to walk toward them while they had their guns drawn, but Anders refused. ADThe City of Midland made body-camera, dashboard-camera and back-seat video public days later. Moore said the public videos don’t corroborate police claims that Anders ran a stop sign and questions the point in which the video begins. “As soon as the video with caption starts, it says traffic violation occurred prior to when the video system was activated,” he said. When officers told him it was because he ran a stop sign, he grew agitated.
How ‘Quiz’, a Drama About Coughing, Captivated Lockdown Britain
There was also a bigger worry, he said: “Quiz” is largely about coughing. “I didn’t know whether people’s sensitivities would be so heightened around coughing, they’d lose their sense of humor and maybe call to ban the show,” he recalled with a laugh in a recent telephone interview.
Opinion | Tony Kushner: Larry Kramer Howled the Truths We Needed to Hear
My deep indebtedness to Larry as a writer was the basis of our friendship. As a person who tries to stay politically engaged, I was in awe of him. But I loved his words, and he loved that. Larry was an artist. Sometimes he’d say that nothing mattered more to him than being respected as an artist.
‘It’s Like I’m Floating’: Skating New York Under Lockdown
As the coronavirus has brought New York to a standstill, vehicle and pedestrian traffic in Manhattan has all but vanished. Stephanie Tonnoir, 28, is Belgian and has been skating in New York since 2012. But right now there are no people — it’s pretty good, it’s ideal.”“This is what everybody dreams about: empty New York City. I’m just trying to go and come back.”Shawn Powers, 28, grew up in Queens and has been street skating for 18 years. I can’t wait for New York to feel like New York again.”
Is It Safe to Keep Employing a Cleaner? Wrong Question, Lady
I have a wonderful cleaning lady (from Mexico) who comes twice a month to my condo. She may be in contact with many people in her family and work settings. My question: Is it safe to keep employing her? Her ZIP code has the highest number of cases in this region (71), as of May 5, according to the state. My ZIP code has 32 cases.
Whether You’re Making a Meal or Cleaning an Oil Spill, There’s a Fungus for That
It’s a fittingly eccentric end for “Entangled Life,” Sheldrake’s ebullient and ambitious exploration of a subject that surrounds us yet too few of us think about. If you think about fungi at all, you might conjure an image of a mushroom, sprouting from a tree stump or ready to be eaten from a plate. (Sheldrake’s first name — Merlin — helpfully makes me think of a wizard and his enchanted toadstool.) But mushrooms are just the minuscule flowering tip of the vast fungal world. The largest recorded fungal network is in Oregon, a network — or mycelium — that covers four square miles and is thousands of years old.
Dwayne Johnson Denounces Death Of George Floyd: ‘This Is Our Ongoing Disease’
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson decried the “ongoing disease” of racism and police violence as he became the latest high profile figure to express outrage over the death of George Floyd. The wrestler-turned-actor wrote on Instagram Thursday that he was “stunned trying to make sense” of Floyd’s death. Floyd, a Black man, died in Minneapolis on Monday after he was handcuffed and a police officer knelt on his neck. Cop code must become moral code. Ethics code.
YouTuber Gave Up Adopted Chinese Son With Autism After Monetizing Him Online
A popular parenting YouTuber has come under fire after permanently placing her autistic son — whom she adopted from China in October 2017 — with another family. The YouTuber, who has four biological children, has been vocal about how challenging she finds raising an autistic child to be. “One thing I did to help our bond was decide to use Dreft baby detergent,” she says in the video. Myka Stauffer abandoned this autistic child. You're a child abuser who adopted an #autistic kid from across the world and then gave him away like a Walmart return or Goodwill donation.
Blood markers discovered for COVID-linked syndrome in children
Findings from a large, multinational study could help speed development of an accurate diagnostic blood test for the mysterious inflammatory illness.
Bob Casey tests positive for coronavirus antibodies
Sen. Bob Casey said Friday that he tested positive for coronavirus antibodies, the second senator this week to do so. In a statement, the Pennsylvania Democrat said he self-quarantined this spring, after experiencing a low-grade fever and mild flu-like symptoms. Casey said he was never tested for coronavirus because the symptoms went away by mid-April. AdvertisementLast week, Casey received an antibody test to determine whether he had the virus and could donate blood plasma.
Mayor de Blasio discusses plan to give tablets to seniors to promote telemedicine
Instead, most state officials are ignoring partisanship and amid the coronavirus pandemic quietly laying the groundwork for an effective, mail-heavy election, including in those states led by Republicans. Animals steal coronavirus blood samples in India A troop of monkeys in India have attacked a medical official and snatched away blood samples of patients who had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, authorities said on Friday. "Monkeys grabbed and fled with the blood samples of four COVID-19 patients who are undergoing treatment ... we had to take their blood samples again," said Dr S. K. Garg, a top official at the college. Authorities said they were not clear if the monkeys had spilled the blood samples or if they could themselves contract the virus. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend a reception in London.
Colorado Senate, House pass resolutions to allow remote voting
Governor Jared Polis (D-Colo.) discusses the Colorado resolutions to allow remote voting for their Senate and House.
Borrell: China’s move in Hong Kong doesn’t endanger investment deals
High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell | Pool/Getty Images Borrell: China’s move in Hong Kong doesn’t endanger investment deals Foreign policy chief’s confidence is not shared by EU businesses worried about a new legal framework. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Friday that China's move to strengthen its legal grip on Hong Kong didn't put "investment deals" at risk, flatly contradicting European business groups that say they are worried about commercial ties. Talking to journalists in a video press conference after a virtual meeting of EU foreign affairs ministers, he was asked whether China's action imperilled investment deals, and replied "no." Borrell said "only one country made reference to the question of sanctions" against China because of the move on Hong Kong. Borrell, however, reiterated his view that: "I don't think that sanctions are the way to solve our problems with China."
Pediatrician talks safe summer activities as states reopen
Pediatrician Dr. Michael Anderson joins Nicolle Wallace to talk about safe activities for kids during the summer.
Dr. Redlener: Trump seems to be ‘missing in action’ in showing empathy
On the contrasting statements between President Trump and Vice President Biden regarding the pandemic surpassing 100,000 deaths, Dr. Irwin Redlener says, “The way the president behaves and acts, it sets the table basically for how the country is seen as being empathetic towards a situation … Joe Biden has had it his entire life. The president seems to be just missing in action when it comes to genuine expressions of sympathy and empathy for people.”
Theme parks present plans for reopening
NBC's Kerry Sanders brings us the latest on theme park's reopening plans and what safety measures they will be taking.
Iowa pushes to reopen despite continued 'substantial spread' of COVID19
SEE NEW POSTSIowa pushes to reopen despite continued 'substantial spread' of COVID19 DES MOINES, Iowa — Despite acknowledging there is still “substantial spread” of COVID19 in the Hawkeye state, Gov. While the CDC recommends states wait to reopen after seeing a two-week decline in cases, the longest streak of declining COVID19 cases that Iowa has seen is just three days. Share this -Global coronavirus cases edge closer to 6 million The number of global coronavirus cases edged closer to 6 million on Friday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, and will likely surpass that figure over the weekend. Prince William and his wife, Kate, have long been advocates for mental health and their foundation supports "Our Frontline," a program that provides mental health and bereavement support for health workers. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend a reception in London.
Team Trump can't keep its story straight on potentially dangerous drug
On Wednesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci said what others in the Trump administration had not: the evidence shows hydroxychloroquine is not an effective treatment for the coronavirus. Yesterday morning, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie told Congress his department is in the process of winding down use of the potentially dangerous drug when treating COVID-19 patients. All of this, of course, comes on the heels of several recent reports questioning the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine, including warnings from the FDA. This site is protected by recaptchaAnd yet, there was White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany at yesterday's briefing, responding to a question about whether the president is still taking hydroxychloroquine. The press secretary went on to point to assorted reports that the White House believes bolsters the idea that hydroxychloroquine is effective as a prophylaxis.
Barr taps prosecutor to examine dubious 'unmasking' allegations
As regular readers know, the evidence to bolster the observation is overwhelming, with the Republican AG repeatedly intervening in cases of direct interest to Donald Trump. This time, in case the partisan political angle was a bit too subtle, the Justice Department dispatched a spokesperson to break the news with Sean Hannity, among Trump's most prominent allies. And yet, one week later, there was a spokesperson for Barr's Justice Department, telling a Fox News host, "We know that unmasking inherently isn't wrong, but ... can be problematic." There's no evidence of anything "problematic" about the way in which the previous administration handled this routine practice, but presumably, that's why the attorney general is so eager to try to dig up something that might make Trump happy. The answer from Barr's Justice Department, evidently, is, "No."
Craig Melvin announces his upcoming special: 'Reopening America'
MSNBC's Craig Melvin announces his upcoming special series, 'Reopening America' where he'll report live from parts of the country that are starting to reopen.
Better than takeout: 5 cheaper, healthier versions of your favorite Indian dishes
The spices and sauces of Indian food might make it feel too intimidating to prepare yourself. But you don’t have to turn to takeout to enjoy your favorite dishes. These food pros step you through healthier, less-expensive versions of top Indian picks you can make at home. This easy, no-fuss chicken biryani recipe she shares cuts through the traditional steps without compromising on the “spectacular” biryani taste. “This recipe gives me that authentic, mouth-watering biryani with tender spiced chicken and fluffy rice, every single time,” she says.
5 exercises to tighten and tone your arms for summer
For many, upper arms top the list, and this is the time of year this insecurity is brought to light. The good news is that by adding the right exercises to your workout routine you can start strengthening the muscles in your arms rather quickly. If tightening and toning the arms is on your list of summer goals, try adding these exercises to your fitness regimen three times a week. In order to tighten this area and reduce "jiggle" it’s necessary to strengthen the backs of the arms. Repeat this 10 times, and complete 3 sets total throughout your workout.
'Racist president': Democrats accuse Trump of inciting violence in Minneapolis
WASHINGTON — Democrats on Friday slammed President Donald Trump for what they said was inciting violence against protesters who were demonstrating in Minneapolis over the death of George Floyd while he was in police custody. But he is calling for violence against American citizens during a moment of pain for so many. The former vice president said that he planned to speak about the events in Minneapolis later in the day Friday. This site is protected by recaptchaHillary Clinton tweeted that Trump is "calling for violence against American citizens." A President calling for the murder of political opponents and protesters.
How to make the perfect pesto — and 5 recipes to get you started
“What most people associate with pesto is classic pesto Genovese, which is the perfect balance of nutty, sweet, salty, buttery and umami,” TV personality, cookbook author, and restaurateur Giada De Laurentiis tells NBC News BETTER. Here, she shares pointers for achieving pesto perfection at home, plus five favorite recipes and creative ideas for using each one. Pesto 5 waysOrecchiette Pasta with Almond Pesto. In addition to the corn and orzo combo here, De Laurentiis likes to spread this pesto on chicken sandwiches. Pea Pesto Crostini Elizabeth NewmanTo create this yummy spread, De Laurentiis pulses frozen peas with garlic, Parmesan, olive oil, salt and pepper.
Where does the phrase 'When the looting starts, the shooting starts' come from?
The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. A police precinct was set afire in Minneapolis as protests over the death of George Floyd raged for a third straight day. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump responded to the unrest, calling demonstrators "thugs" and threatening, "when the looting starts, the shooting starts." Twitter placed a warning on the president's post, saying it glorifies violence. Download the NBC News app for the latest updates.
Watch a minute-to-minute breakdown leading up to George Floyd's deadly arrest
Millions have watched the video of George Floyd struggling to breathe while handcuffed and pinned to the ground by a Minneapolis Police Officer. But what happened in the moments leading up to his death? Emmanuelle Saliba looked at new security footage, cellphone videos and police reports to piece together what happened.
Monkeys snatch blood samples of suspected Covid-19 patients in India
New Delhi (CNN) A troop of monkeys snatched the blood samples of suspected coronavirus patients at a government hospital in the Meerut district of the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The monkeys attacked the lab assistant and stole the sample box with three samples, added Baliyan. Garg, head of the hospital, told a local newswire that the samples were blood samples, and not the swabs usually taken to test for Covid-19. Garg said that the samples belonged to people who had tested positive for Covid-19, but were taken as part of routine blood tests for the patients. The monkeys climbed the trees with the samples and threw them after chewing the packets, Baliyan added.
George Floyd death and Minneapolis protests: Live updates
SEE NEW POSTS'Let my building burn, justice needs to be served' The owners of Gandhi Mahal, a Minneapolis restaurant that was damaged during overnight protests, released a powerful statement on Facebook. Share this -What state charges could be brought in George Floyd's death? State prosecutors have several options to charge police officers in the State of Minnesota in deadly use of force incidents, like the type of incident that led to the death of George Floyd. The former vice president said that he planned to speak about the events in Minneapolis later in the day Friday. Share this -Photos: Fire and fury in Minneapolis See more photos as protests escalate over the death of George Floyd.
What state charges could be brought in George Floyd's death?
What state charges could be brought in George Floyd's death? State prosecutors have several options to charge police officers in the State of Minnesota in deadly use of force incidents, like the type of incident that led to the death of George Floyd. Prosecutors can bring charges ranging from second-degree manslaughter to first degree murder, with the murder charges being the most difficult to prove in court. According to a Hennepin County Attorney’s document on these types of cases –- and they are the state prosecutor overseeing this investigation –- the standard for second-degree manslaughter must establish beyond a reasonable doubt that the officer acted with “culpable negligence” in creating an unreasonable risk of death or great bodily harm.” State law says this includes when a person “consciously takes chances of causing death or great bodily harm to another.”The Minneapolis Police Department Use of Force Manual does allow what they describe as a “neck restraint.” This restraint is defined “as compressing one or both sides of a person’s neck with an arm or leg, without applying direct pressure to the trachea or airway (front of the neck).”But the use of an “unconscious neck restraint,” where they say the goal is to render the person unconscious by applying adequate pressure, only applies “on a subject who is exhibiting active aggression, or for life saving purposes, or on a subject who is exhibiting active resistance in order to gain control of the subject; and if lesser attempts at control have been or would likely be ineffective.”
More unrest rocks Minneapolis and other cities in wake of George Floyd’s death
Joe Biden, the apparent 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, tweeted, "I will not lift the President's tweet. But he is calling for violence against American citizens during a moment of pain for so many. The former vice president said that he planned to speak about the events in Minneapolis later in the day Friday. Share this -Join us today at the Justice Rally in Honor of George Floyd at 1:00 PM pic.twitter.com/qidUkivBDW — Minneapolis NAACP (@NAACPmpls) May 29, 2020 Share this -Where does the phrase 'When the looting starts, the shooting starts' come from? Share this -Photos: Fire and fury in Minneapolis See more photos as protests escalate over the death of George Floyd.
S&P US chief economist: How we can add $5.7 trillion to the US economy
The 20.5 million jobs lost in April wiped out nearly all the jobs created over nearly the past 10 years, with millions more lost jobs likely to be reported in May. An investment in infrastructure would help get the United States back on track, with GDP likely recovering in four quarters instead of seven. As the United States has evolved over the years, its infrastructure has fallen into massive disrepair. Making this much-needed investment in infrastructure would give the US economy the boost it needs. This investment would be around the levels (relative to GDP) seen in the mid-20th century — the last time the United States heavily invested in infrastructure.
Ms. Jennifer, a 53-year-old tortoise, has found a new home after her owner died of Covid-19
(CNN) For decades, a tortoise named Ms. Jennifer happily lived with her owner, who would take her to the bank and other places around their town of Waltham, Massachusetts, showing her off to anyone interested. But then Ms. Jennifer's elderly owner had to be hospitalized after she contracted the coronavirus and could no longer care for the 53-year-old reptile. Ms. Jennifer was suddenly without a home and her loving owner, but the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals-Angell in Boston took her in on May 9 and surrounded her with love until she and her owner could be reunited. "We ensured that she had a lot of time outside with the sun on her back, grass under her feet and fresh dandelions to eat," Rob Halpin, MSPCA-Angell spokesman, told CNN. They even threw her a birthday party last Wednesday filled with more time in the sun and a cake made of her favorite foods: fruit and dandelions.
This incredibly popular store is one of the hardest to socially distance in
New York (CNN Business) TJ Maxx built its appeal on the "treasure hunt" shopping experience. Now it must persuade shoppers that it's safe to return to scavenging stores in the age of a pandemic. There are already early signs that many shoppers are eager to return to reopened TJ Maxx stores, despite lingering fears of the coronavirus. At the 1,100 stores open for at least a week in states that have reopened around the world, sales have risen above last year's levels, the company noted. In fact, TJ Maxx has stopped reopening stores back up to customers for the first time on Saturdays because too many customers showed up and it was hard to practice social distancing.
Kentucky governor responds to protesters who hung effigy of him: 'They will not intimidate me'
(CNN) Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said Friday that he won't be bullied by the protesters who hung an effigy of him from a tree during a Second Amendment rally at the state Capitol on Sunday. I'm not going to let these folks bully me or bully the state of Kentucky," the Democratic governor told CNN's John Berman on "New Day." Beshear condemned the actions of the small group of protesters who he said were part of the militant right-wing group, the Three Percenters, as "vile," "wrong" and "evil." The effigy hung Sunday outside the governor's mansion had a note around its neck with the Latin phrase "sic semper tyrannis," which roughly translates to "thus always to tyrants."
George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. What can black parents possibly tell their kids now about staying safe?
But after the deadly confrontations we've seen in recent weeks, what exactly should black parents be telling their kids now? That advice didn't appear to help George Floyd , the black man in Minneapolis who died this week after a white police officer put his knee on Floyd's neck while arresting him. That didn't seem to work for That didn't seem to work for Breonna Taylor . That didn't save That didn't save Ahmaud Arbery , the 25-year-old unarmed black man who was fatally shot while taking a jog in rural Georgia in February. He himself got angry when he watched the video of the white officer who knelt on Floyd's neck as he held him down.
Big chains filed for bankruptcy every week in May. Here are 6 of them
It was the perfect storm for bankruptcy for some of the country's most recognizable consumer brands -- and several have filed recently. But a large gym brand and a major car rental company have also filed for bankruptcy recently. Still, many other brands that have filed for bankruptcy with the intention of staying in business didn't survive. Crew Group became first national US retailer to file for bankruptcy protection since the coronavirus pandemic forced a wave of store closures. Tuesday MorningTuesday Morning TUES Discount home goods retailerblamed the virus for prolonged store closures that caused an "insurmountable financial hurdle."
What Donald Trump's Minnesota tweet reveals about his moral compass
These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won't let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Yes, it's a big deal that Twitter has put a warning label on a tweet from the President. But the MUCH bigger deal is that the President of the United States is, again, abandoning any sort of moral leadership in a moment of national crisis -- choosing instead to inflame and incite rather than instill calm.
How Latin American governments reacted to Covid-19
In stark contrast, other heads of state in Latin America have implemented dramatic measures to slow the spread of Covid-19. Last week the World Health Organization said South America had become the new Covid-19 epicenter. The Gamarra market in La Victoria, for example, is the largest textile center in Latin America and most workers there are day laborers. According to a recent report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Latin America holds eight of the world's 20 most economically unequal countries. However, at 0.20 deaths per 100,000 people, the Central American nation of five million has one of the lowest Covid-19 mortality rates in Latin America.
Restaurants are barely surviving the pandemic. Delivery apps will kill them.
“I’m sitting there fuming looking at this receipt,” says Badalamenti, who had never dealt with delivery apps while running his own pizza truck. And in the comments on another viral post about delivery apps, Collin Wallace, Grubhub’s former head of innovation, wrote that the platforms are “not actually in the business of delivery. And chefs and owners have quickly been forced to confront the reality that the delivery apps could kill them. Delivery apps are the opposite. If the delivery apps have their way, though, they just might.
What you need to know about outdoor drinking and dining as D.C. and Virginia reopen bars and restaurants
If you're looking forward to dining and drinking somewhere other than your home this weekend, here's what you need to know. Customers can add themselves on a wait list using Resy when they’re within two miles of the front door. Many restaurants and bars are asking customers to pull up menus on their phones instead of using traditional laminated menus. For reservations, popular apps mentioned by restaurants and bars include Resy, Toast and Open Table. Arlington County passed a measure allowing establishments to apply for “Temporary Outdoor Seating Areas,” which can be up to 50 percent of the restaurant’s indoor seats.
Pixel Ripped 1995 game review
The game opens with you sitting on a couch, holding a portable video game console. Everything in sight is rendered in a monochromatic color scheme that pays homage to the limited color palette of the Game Boy, the ubiquitous 1990s handheld game console from Nintendo. Soon after, you fall into the game world and come face-to-face with a cowled figure. Addressing you directly, Master, Dot’s mentor, elaborates on the Cyblin Lord’s plans to steal the Pixel Stone from another time period. ADADIf you can abide its willful silliness, “Pixel Ripped 1995” is a fun way to commune with your inner child.
Coronavirus has infected 100,000 people in D.C., Maryland and Virginia
In Maryland and Virginia, residents above the age of 40 make up about 60 percent of cases. Of 931 Zip codes in Maryland and Virginia analyzed by The Washington Post, the highest infection rates per capita were found in communities that are predominantly African American and Latino. Of the known infections, 79 percent were diagnosed in urban and populous suburban areas, including the District, Baltimore, Northern Virginia, Virginia Beach and Richmond. The Washington metro area makes up 60 percent of infections in the District, Maryland and Virginia. The virus first appeared in the region on March 5, with three Montgomery County residents who were infected while traveling overseas.
CNN reporter and crew arrested live on air while covering Minneapolis protest
“They clearly had a right to be there,” Walz said, per a statement read on CNN. “That is an American television reporter, Omar Jimenez, being led away by police officers,” Berman said. “A CNN reporter & his production team were arrested this morning in Minneapolis for doing their jobs, despite identifying themselves — a clear violation of their First Amendment rights,” the company said. AD“Newsgathering on public streets and documenting police and protesters serve an important function of the first amendment," said Tully Center for Free Speech director Roy Gutterman. People are in the streets of Minneapolis demanding racial justice, and the public has a right to see it.
How do we prevent the next 100,000?
Now that all 50 states are in various stages of reopening, there will be an increase in infections once again. The initial case is the canary in the coal mine: Finding one means there are almost certainly dozens of others. If we only test those with symptoms or exposure, we will never know the true prevalence of asymptomatic covid-19 in a community. For the data to be even more meaningful, we also need to know the percentage of people who are positive by race and Zip code. At the beginning of the outbreak, we could say that the virus was new and that we just didn’t know how best to respond.
Trump wants to win over black voters while his base wants him to be tough. The George Floyd protests show that his base is winning.
In that year’s roiling tension between the Black Lives Matter movement and the less formal “blue lives matter” response, Trump sided with the latter. He called Black Lives Matter a “threat,” accusing it of spurring violence against police. Until Thursday, the White House had been carefully supportive of the reaction to Floyd’s death. https://t.co/QvA6zvYGuu — Team Trump (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@TeamTrump) May 29, 2020The same account’s past tweets about CNN were … less supportive. The protesters speaking out against Floyd’s death specifically and law enforcement’s approach to nonwhite communities more broadly don’t.
EPA opts not to delay controversial Alaska mine for now
The EPA “appreciates the Corps’ recent commitment to continue this coordination into the future,” he wrote. The Corps is set to decide this summer whether to grant a federal permit to the Pebble Partnership to move forward with the project. “It is encouraging to see the permitting process proceeding as intended on this important project, especially after so many years of delay and inappropriate overreach,” he said in an email. But opponents of the proposed mining operation, located in a watershed that supports a long-standing Alaska Native subsistence tradition as well as a lucrative commercial and recreational fishery, noted that the EPA and other key agencies have raised concerns the Corps has yet to address. ADMark Ryan, a lawyer in private practice who served as regional counsel in EPA Region 10 between 1990 and 2014, said in a phone interview that the EPA’s letter appears contradictory.
Trump just threatened to have looters shot. Biden urged calm. That says it all.
Trump issued new tweets overnight that explicitly threatened military violence against looters in Minneapolis, where protests have erupted over the police killing of George Floyd. Biden must now seize this moment and make a case along these lines in a far more public way. We’ve seen Trump deliberately court white backlash — rather than recognize any institutional obligation to appeal for calm and unity — at other moments of extreme difficulty for the country. ADBut this obscures the degree to which Trump is engaged in overt one-way racial incitement, that is, the incitement of white-against-nonwhite backlash. When we talk about whether Trump can win back the suburbs, what we really mean is: Can Trump win back the white, educated suburbanites he alienated?
George Floyd and Derek Chauvin, the officer involved in his death, were co-workers, councilmember says
C’Monie Scott, 22, held up a gun belt complete with dangling handcuffs in one hand, and screamed into a megaphone, “F--- the police!” Scott said none of it would be happening if the city had quickly moved to prosecute the officers involved in the death of George Floyd. “My people are only doing this because there is no justice,” Scott said. “Before this happened, we have never gone this far. With one van having already been flipped over and set on fire, another vehicle, hot-wired and piloted by a 19-year-old community college student, would soon crash into the flaming wreckage. “I initially did it because it was a childhood dream, but there’s a lot better things I could do,” he said.
How Trump’s Tweets Cause Collateral Damage for Families Already in Pain
Mr. Trump has gone after the dead and their families before, usually because he regards them as political opponents. In 2016, he claimed that the Gold Star mother of a Muslim soldier was not “allowed” to speak alongside her husband at the Democratic National Convention. He relentlessly insulted Senator John McCain of Arizona for months after his death. When former Representative John D. Dingell Jr. died last year, Mr. Trump mocked his widow, Representative Debbie Dingell, a Michigan Democrat, and implied that her late husband was “looking up” from hell.
In George Floyd’s Death, a Police Technique Results in a Too-Familiar Tragedy
A mural of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The Minneapolis Police Department manual states that neck restraints are basically reserved for when an officer feels caught in a life or death situation, which did not appear to be the case in Mr. Floyd’s detention. Credit... Jenn Ackerman for The New York Times
Trump’s Looting Remarks Escalate Growing Crisis in Minneapolis
No charges have been filed in connection with his death. “These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen,” the president wrote in another tweet, which was flagged by Twitter. “Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!”
A jobless world and China's rule of fear
A jobless world and China's rule of fear Presented byIn this week’s newsletter we’ll tackle China’s move against Hong Kong, the enormously varied experiences of the world’s workers amid a pandemic, and social media drama, as Brazil becomes the new global epicenter of coronavirus — now on track for 125,000 dead by August . Check out the latest version of Global Translations’ global covid performance rankings . A message from Bank of America: Bank of America is working to ensure small businesses are receiving much-needed relief through the Payment Protection Program (PPP). Minimum wage: Australia and Luxembourg have the highest minimum wages in the world , at $13 to $14 per hour, depending on exchange rate fluctuations. Here’s the full storyAROUND THE WORLD IN 80 ZOOM CALLS: Former Finnish Prime Minister Alex Stubb is enjoying taking world tours from his suburban home .
22 best Father's Day gift ideas 2020
And now, as we enter into summer and turn to Father’s Day gifting and celebrations, we’re likewise paying attention to how the coronavirus is morphing our typical June parties and Father’s Day gift giving. Despite the challenge of finding the best gift, we combed through the web to find the best Father’s Day gift ideas to make 2020 a little brighter for them — husbands, uncles, or otherwise. Best Father’s Day deals and sales“Expect the first official Father’s Day events to show up before June 1,” says Bonebright. Best food and drink Father’s Day gift ideasThe Exotic Meats Jerkygram is filled with unique meats from around the globe. Best Father’s Day grooming gift ideasThe Bevel Trimmer is the best stylish trimmer.
Monkey business? Animals steal coronavirus blood samples in India
Animals steal coronavirus blood samples in India A troop of monkeys in India have attacked a medical official and snatched away blood samples of patients who had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, authorities said on Friday. "Monkeys grabbed and fled with the blood samples of four COVID-19 patients who are undergoing treatment ... we had to take their blood samples again," said Dr S. K. Garg, a top official at the college. Authorities said they were not clear if the monkeys had spilled the blood samples or if they could themselves contract the virus. Share this -Global coronavirus cases edge closer to 6 million The number of global coronavirus cases edged closer to 6 million on Friday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, and will likely surpass that figure over the weekend. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend a reception in London.
Murphy’s critics chide his Covid-19 policies after offering initial goodwill
| Michael Loccisano/Getty Images Murphy’s critics chide his Covid-19 policies after offering initial goodwillFor weeks, it was no longer politics as usual in Trenton. Senate Republicans have steadily raised the volume on their concerns that Murphy is moving too slowly to restart the state’s economy. A common refrain is lack of clarity around the exact metrics Murphy is considering to determine when businesses can reopen. “He’ll continue to do what’s best to safeguard public health by not rushing reopening based on noise from Trenton politicians. Asked about the governor’s reopening efforts, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin said he agrees with the governor that reopening must be data-driven.
On protestors, Trump adopts two very different standards
But it's also worth appreciating the degree to which the president appears to have wildly different standards for different kinds of protestors. The comments came nearly three years after Trump defended some racist protestors in Charlottesville as "very fine people." When Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination sparked activism, Trump repeatedly dismissed the jurist's critics as "paid protestors." And overnight, Trump suggested he's prepared to target "thugs" with violence -- a message the official White House twitter feed has now echoed. Those waiting to see the president praise protestors in Minneapolis as being "right" and "very good people" will probably be waiting a very long time.
CNN reporters covering Minnesota riots arrested live on-air
The officers involved in Floyd’s death have been fired but no announcement has yet been made as to whether they will face charges. Floyd’s death has sparked days of protests in Minnesota’s Twin Cities, where rioters and looters set fire to multiple buildings, including a Minneapolis police precinct. In a statement released via Twitter, CNN called the arrest “a clear violation of [the crew’s] First Amendment rights” and demanded that “the authorities in Minnesota, incl. the Governor, must release the 3 CNN employees immediately.”Multiple CNN journalists reported that the network’s chief, Jeff Zucker, personally called Minnesota Gov. “In the course of clearing the streets and restoring order at Lake Street and Snelling Avenue, four people were arrested by State Patrol troopers, including three members of a CNN crew,” the state patrol wrote online.
As Trump rages, state officials quietly press forward with vote by mail
SEE NEW POSTSAs Trump rages, state officials quietly press forward with vote by mail Judging solely by President Donald Trump's recent diatribes, mail-in voting would seem to have become one of the nation's most partisan flashpoints. Instead, most state officials are ignoring partisanship and amid the coronavirus pandemic quietly laying the groundwork for an effective, mail-heavy election, including in those states led by Republicans. Prince William and his wife, Kate, have long been advocates for mental health and their foundation supports "Our Frontline," a program that provides mental health and bereavement support for health workers. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend a reception in London. But the coronavirus pandemic cut off his livelihood when the government shut bars, nightclubs and restaurants late March, to curb the spread of the virus.
Trump’s Twitter spat puts social media firms on collision course with Europe
The move came a day after Trump issued an executive order targeted at social media companies (mostly Twitter, Facebook and Google) and how they police online speech. Basically, Trump wants social media companies to be neutral players — allowing almost anyone to post what they like, when they like, how they like. In this transatlantic standoff, social media companies are stuck between a rock and a hard place. It goes to basic principles of freedom of speech, the role of social media companies in democracies, and what limits these firms should place on public debate. For now, neither side is giving ground to the other — leaving companies, and social media users, stuck in the middle of this entrenched transatlantic feud.
Philippines begins easing lockdown despite virus case spike
SEE NEW POSTSPhilippines begins easing lockdown despite virus case spike The Philippines saw its highest daily spike in coronavirus cases on Thursday, but that didn't stop President Rodrigo Duterte from easing one of the world's toughest and longest lockdowns. The easing could help restore much-needed economic activity in a country facing its deepest contraction in 34 years. Pakistan has largely rolled back its lockdown measures and resumed domestic flights this month despite a rise in the rate of infections. Prince William and his wife, Kate, have long been advocates for mental health and their foundation supports "Our Frontline," a program that provides mental health and bereavement support for health workers. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend a reception in London.
Trump imagines roving bands of child ballot thieves
The president was, of course, lying: California is sending out ballots to allow people to vote by mail, but only registered voters are eligible. Yesterday, Trump nevertheless repeated the lie, falsely claiming, "Anybody in California that's breathing, gets a ballot." It may have been a rhetorical question, but just in case, no, I don't think California has roving bands of child ballot thieves. According to the official transcript, Trump nevertheless added, "But you don't think they rip them out of mailboxes? But in the meantime, I'm comfortable describing this as among the more crazypants theories Trump has peddled to the public recently.
Nepali Sherpas grounded by virus on anniversary of Mount Everest's first ascent
SEE NEW POSTSNepali Sherpas grounded by virus on anniversary of Mount Everest's first ascent Had it not been for the coronavirus, Nepali climbing guide Tashi Lakpa Sherpa would have been on Mount Everest by now, guiding clients and trying to add another feather to his cap - a ninth ascent. Authorities said they were not clear if the monkeys had spilled the blood samples or if they could themselves contract the virus. Prince William and his wife, Kate, have long been advocates for mental health and their foundation supports "Our Frontline," a program that provides mental health and bereavement support for health workers. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend a reception in London. But the coronavirus pandemic cut off his livelihood when the government shut bars, nightclubs and restaurants late March, to curb the spread of the virus.
Joshua Wong: Hong Kong Cannot Prosper Without Autonomy
By passing the resolution to develop legislation to “safeguard national security” in Hong Kong in its rubber stamp parliament, Beijing initiated “political mutual destruction” for itself and Hong Kong. It is also retaliation against the U.S. for passing the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act 2019. The special arrangement under which the U.S. treats Hong Kong differently from China on politics, trade, commerce, and other areas, stems from Hong Kong maintaining sufficient autonomy. Therefore the U.S. has every right to change its policy towards Hong Kong, regardless of Beijing’s snarling about “foreign intervention” and its attempts to use Hong Kong as a bargaining chip. Chinese companies have swarmed into Hong Kong, pretending to be “Hong Kong companies,” amid the Sino-American trade war.
American spending collapsed by a record 13.6% in April
New York (CNN Business) American consumer spending ground to a halt during the coronavirus lockdown, and that is a massive problem for the spending-addicted US economy. April's personal consumption data showed a 13.6% drop in consumer spending, according to a Bureau of Economic Analysis report released Friday. And it followed a similarly steep, revised 6.9% drop in March when the lockdown began. About two-thirds of America's economy runs on consumer spending, so this doesn't bode well for the start of the quarter. The steep drop in spending is just the latest sign of an economy in a dire, pandemic-linked recession.
Peet's Coffee owner pulls off speedy 10-day IPO despite pandemic fears
London (CNN Business) JDE Peet's, the owner of Peet's Coffee, gave Europe's depressed IPO market a shot in the arm on Friday, raising €2.25 billion ($2.5 billion) in an Amsterdam listing that valued the firm at €15.6 billion ($17.3 billion). Shares in the company, which also owns the Jacobs, Douwe Egberts and L'OR brands, surged as much as 18% above the offer price of €31.50 ($35), trading at around €37 ($41) by lunchtime in the Dutch capital. JDE Peet's announced plans for a listing just 10 days ago, quickly pulling off Europe's biggest IPO this year amid strong appetite from institutional investors. "We are thrilled to price this offer on Euronext Amsterdam during this extraordinary time," CEO Casey Keller said in a statement. "Seeing the investor interest in JDE Peet's reinforces the belief in our strategy and solidifies our role as a global leader in coffee and tea," he added.
Queen's secret letters related to firing of Australian leader to be revealed, court rules
Letters revealing Queen Elizabeth II's potential involvement in the controversial dismissal of an Australian prime minister in the 1970s will finally be made public, the country's highest court ruled on Friday. A political crisis was sparked when Prime Minister Gough Whitlam was fired by the queen's representative, Governor-General Sir John Kerr, in 1975. And with this decision, one of those last remaining areas of secrecy and great unknown will be released to the Australian public," she added. Former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam holds up the original copy of the dismissal letter he received from then-Governor-General Sir John Kerr in Sydney. The National Archives said in a statement following the decision that it is “a pro-disclosure organization” and has begun the process to examine the letters for release.
SpaceX-NASA launch: What to know ahead of Saturday's scheduled flight
Photos: Countdown to SpaceX's historic launch The scene moments before NASA scrubbed the SpaceX launch at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Wednesday, May 27. Hide Caption 3 of 12 Photos: Countdown to SpaceX's historic launch Astronauts Douglas Hurley, left, and Robert Behnken ride a Tesla SUV on their way to Launch Pad 39A before Wednesday's launch was canceled. Hide Caption 4 of 12 Photos: Countdown to SpaceX's historic launch Hurley, left, and Behnken say goodbye to family members ahead of the planned launch. NASA astronauts Bob Behnken, left, and Doug Hurley have spent years learning how to operate SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule. Each Crew Dragon spacecraft could also make multiple trips to space, the company has suggested.
'Quiz' has the right answer for ITV's 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?' scandal
(CNN) A 2001 cheating scandal on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" would have been an enormous story in the U.S., except that the news broke in the U.K. almost immediately after the Sept. 11 terror attacks. The under-covered aspect of the story brings an extra level of deliciousness to "Quiz," a three-part AMC miniseries that -- final answer -- is well worth the time. Much of that stems from the casting, with Matthew Macfadyen ( "Succession" ) as Charles Ingram, the not-so-bright bulb spotlighted by the exposure of this elaborate plot. Granted, he was reluctantly drawn into participating by his wife Diana ("Fleabag's" Sian Clifford) and her brother. In a bold move, the network decided to strip the series throughout the week, seeking to create "event television."
The worst is yet to come for India's slowing economy
Hong Kong (CNN Business) India's economy kicked off 2020 with its weakest quarter in at least eight years. GDP expanded by 3.1% in the three months to March, according to government data published Friday. That was a faster pace than economists had expected, but still the weakest figure since comparable record keeping began in 2012. The lockdown has led to significant decline in activity, according to Shilan Shah, senior India economist at Capital Economics. He said in a research note published before the GDP data was released that "almost every economic indicator" has experienced the "sharpest drop on record."
Are You at Risk for Hepatitis C?
Hepatitis C infection starts with an acute phase that is often asymptomatic—symptoms may appear several months after exposure to the virus. Others at Increased RiskOthers at elevated risk for contracting hep C include:People receiving dialysis treatment for a long period of time. Healthcare workers with known exposure to hep C. Needlestick injuries are a primary method of transmission of the virus in a healthcare setting. People who have had sex with someone who’s infected with hep C. Hep C is usually transmitted through blood-to-blood contact, but sexual transmission is also a possibility. It’s a good idea to know if you’re at increased risk for hep C because it might impact your overall liver function, future treatment options and your overall health.
We have different attitudes toward social distancing, and it's straining relationships
The week Andrew transitioned to a work-from-home dad, trying to "play daycare and professional employee at the same time," he recalled. And now that states have replaced stay-at-home orders with various guidelines on reopening, there's more room for differing views on social distancing. She left for her shift at the hospital while Andrew worked from home and watched their 9-month-old daughter. When Georgia began re-opening , their attitudes